Dangerous Prayers, Part 5

Dangerous Prayers-1John 4:34-35,  Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Matthew 9:36-38, But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

VisionProverbs 29:18, Where there is no vision, the people perish …

Over the past few weeks we have been considering this matter of “Dangerous Prayers.” As we have repeated over and over again, the past few weeks, many of us struggle in having a constant and consistent prayer life. And for those who don’t, more often than not, our prayers tend to be “safe prayers. You know, Lord bless me, bless my family, bless my church and so on. While there is definitely nothing wrong with these “safe prayers,” and we should continue to pray them, the men and women in the scripture (and throughout church history) who have had the biggest impact and influence for the kingdom of God, and our King, have been those who have been willing to not only pray these “safe prayers,” but those who were willing to pray “Dangerous Prayers.”

“Dangers Prayers” tend to be soul-searching prayers!

These are the prayers that (if and when) prayed sincerely, change lives, circumstances, and often geographical locations!

Over the past few weeks we have considered the  following “Dangerous Prayers”:

  • O Lord, search me …
  • O Lord, break me …
  • O Lord, humble me …
  • O Lord, change me …
  • O Lord, revive me …
  • O Lord, stretch me …

We will conclude this series with a few thoughts on the following “Dangerous Prayers”:

  • O Lord, open my eyes …
  • O Lord, break my heart …
  • O Lord, lead me …
  • O Lord, send me …

Unreached peopleThese “Dangerous Prayers” are very near and dear to my heart. When I think of these prayers, I tend to think of the Great Commission; the great need around the world for laborers to be sent to the neediest harvest fields of the world (especially the 10/40 Window) and of all places, now possibly even  Europe to reach out to all of the “unreached” and “unengaged” peoples who have been forced to migrate there.

Again, these “Dangerous Prayers” are very near and dear to my heart. When I think of these prayers I go back about five or six years ago. In the words of a pastor friend of mine, I had it made in the shade. I had a wonderful position at Pacific Baptist Church assisting my brother, Pastor Joe Esposito, as I had for 18 years. I was preaching in our midweek services nearly every week, both in Long Beach and Monterrey Park. I oversaw our Reformer’s Unanimous program and our Filipino Ministry. I even had two adult Sunday School classes my last six months or so at Pacific Baptist Church. 🙂

I was overseeing Pacific Baptist Bible College and Pacific Baptist School. I was traveling fairly frequently, especially in the Spring and Summer months. Until my last year or so at Pacific I even coached our basketball team. 🙂 Nearly all of my children and grandchildren were a part of PBC. In fact, three my children were on staff and my youngest one would be hired within a year or so, while I was on deputation.

Head in the sandBut then something happened. I started to “Pray Dangerously.” God started to stir my heart about the vast need around the world, especially in the 10/40 Window, and God simply would not allow me to stick my head in the sand and ignore the reality of the situation. All the excuses, all of the reasoning, all of the “logical” ways of thinking began to dissipate.

While God may not always change our circumstances when we pray dangerously, he will always change us. And, truth be known, once he changes us (it won’t be long) our circumstances often change for his glory and the good of others!

When we pray and ask God in sincerity and truth to open our eyes, break our hearts, lead us, and send us, you can pretty much guarantee he will do just that. You see this is the problem, very few people ever pray these “Dangerous Prayers.”  Those who do when they get to these last four prayers, they count the cost, and most likely stop just short of going all the way with God!

How about you today?

  • Are you still praying those “safe prayers”?
  • Have you started praying “Dangerous Prayers”?
  • Are you willing to go all the way with God?
  • Are you willing to ask God to open your eyes to see the world as he sees it?
  • Are you willing to ask God to break your heart over the things that break his heart?
  • Are you willing to ask God to lead you wherever he wants you?
  • Are you willing to ask God to send you? Even if it means to the uttermost parts of the world!

Dangerous prayers -2My wife and I just celebrated, well, we didn’t actually celebrate :), three years in Southeast Asia. The primary reason we are here and not at home with our family and friends, and all that America has to offer, is that we were willing to go beyond “safe prayers,” and onto “Dangerous Prayers.”

I asked God to open my eyes, to break my heart, to lead me, and send me, and he did just that!

More than likely, he’ll do the same for you!

Just reflecting on “Dangerous Prayers!”





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