James 5:15-18, And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. If we were honest, brutally honest, most of us would have to admit that we struggle seriously in our prayers lives; and that our prayer lives are not anywhere near where they ought to be.
Did you read that passage above? Go ahead, read it again, and read it carefully. Have you ever noticed that the Bible is like one big prayer manual? Have you even noticed how much different the prayers of the Bible are from your prayers and mine?
Of course, that’s if we even pray at all!
We believe in prayer. We read about prayer. We talk about prayer. We even preach and teach about prayer!
The problem is, we just don’t pray, or we definitely don’t pray like we should!
We want to pray!
We want to pray more!
We want to pray more fervently!
The problem is, we don’t!
At least not like we know we should!
We read the great prayers in the Bible. We read the prayers of Old Testament men like Moses, Ezra and Nehemiah, Elijah and Elisha, David, and Daniel!
We read the prayers of our Lord Jesus and Peter, James, John and Paul in the New Testament!
We read about the great prayer warriors throughout church history like a Praying Hyde, Hudson Taylor, or the “Apostle of Prayer,” George Mueller.
We get inspired, but the inspiration just doesn’t seem to get the job done!
Thankfully there are those of us who do pray. We pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray the prayer of Jabez, we pray Paul’s prayers in Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, and on occasion we even pray some of those Old Testament prayers!
But even for those of us who do pray consistently and constantly, more often than not our prayers are “safe prayers.” You know, we pray for God’s blessing on our life and on the lives of those we love, as well as his blessing upon our ministries. We pray for God’s provision and God’s protection. We pray for good grades at school. We pray for a job, or a raise. We even pray for our friends and family members who don’t know Jesus to get saved.
These are all great prayers!
These are all necessary prayers!
Unfortunately, these are all what we could call “safe” prayers!
Our Old and New Testament heroes of the faith, as well as the prayer warriors found throughout church history, over the past 2,000 years, neither played it safe, nor prayed it safe.
They “Prayed Dangerously.”
God is looking for some men and women today who will step out of their comfort zone and enter into the very combat zone of praying. God is looking for some men and women who are willing, not only to pray, but to pray “Dangerous Prayers.”
“Dangerous Prayers” are those prayers that we pray at our own risk. While prayer doesn’t always change our circumstances, prayer always changes us. And, this is so very true when we sincerely pray these “Dangerous Prayers.”
What are these “Dangerous Prayers”?
Below are a list of a few that I can think of. These are the prayers that have led to revivals [personal and corporate] in the past. These are the prayers that, when prayed sincerely, lead to the miraculous in the life of an individual or the life of a church.
We will consider just a few over the next week or so. Possibly 2-3 at a time, but let’s give a brief overview of these “Dangerous Prayers.”
- O Lord, search me …
- O Lord, break me …
- O Lord, humble me …
- O Lord, stretch me …
- O Lord, change me …
- O Lord, lead me …
- O Lord, open my eyes …
- O Lord, break my heart …
- O Lord, send me …
Lord willing, over the next few posts, we will all be challenged, convicted, and above all, changed. If we aren’t praying, may God help us to start praying consistently and constantly. And, if we are praying, may God help us to leave the elementary school of prayer and start praying “Dangerous Prayers!”