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“You are brave. That is a dangerous prayer.” This is what one friend said to me the other day when I shared a personal prayer that recently been on my heart.
“Lord, do what You need to do with me in order that I become what You best choose.”
I guess I didn’t think of this honest submission to God as dangerous or that I was suddenly full of courage – I just prayed.
That reminded me of another prayer I read about a year ago:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you will work for justice, equality and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort them and change their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with the foolishness to think that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
Dangerous also means risky, hazardous, and precarious. I never really thought of my prayers leading me into dark unsafe areas of life but more into unknown places where I don’t have control or knowledge and live with uncertainty. In all honesty, that is life anyway, right?
Risky? I think I like that word better than dangerous. I am taking a risk that what I have come to know and expect may be turned upside-down for the Lord. But as long as this new adventure is in His hands and He is by my side, I have no fear.
Ha, I am now armed (with God) and dangerous!
What dangerous prayers have you prayed? What happened?