There are many different kinds of prayer. There are mealtime prayers that tend to go quickly because everyone is hungry and the food is getting cold. There are bedtime prayers with children where you pray for mom, dad and the pet hamster. There are church prayers that focus on the needs of the congregation, community and our world.
There are private prayers that consist of silent cries to God about our deepest needs or concerns. They often contain spontaneous praise and worship to God. There are crisis prayers where we immediately pray for things that come into our lives. Then there are conversational prayers where we sense God is speaking to us in a still small voice, giving us direction and a definite awareness of His presence.
Some kinds of prayer are like 101 or 201 level classes. They are rich and meaningful, but they don’t challenge us to take our prayer lives or our spiritual lives to a deeper level. Then there are prayers that challenge us to take our spiritual and prayer lives to deeper levels. These are dangerous prayers for the daring Christian. Today I want to show you four dangerous prayers that the daring Christian should pray.
When we pray for God to search us we are not praying for Him to search just any part of us. We are praying for Him to search our hearts. Our hearts are an extremely important part of who we are. The heart is the very core of your being. What is in your heart is what will come out in your life (Proverbs 4:23). Why do we have to have God search our hearts? Surely, we could search our own hearts and see what is there, couldn’t we?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NKJV) The human heart is deceitful. This is true even of the human heart that has been purified by faith in Christ because it still retains its fallen, deceitful condition. Because of this, our hearts can deceive us into thinking that all is well. There is however One that our hearts cannot deceive.
The Bible says that God alone knows the human heart (2 Chronicles 6:30). The only One who can accurately judge your heart is not you, but God. He is unbiased, fair and accurate. Things we just cannot be. When you pray “Search me” to God you are inviting God to aim the searchlight of His holiness at the inner parts of our hearts and expose whatever is there. If you are a daring Christian that wants to pray a dangerous prayer, ask God to search your heart.
If you are like me, the word test from the Bible brings to mind the fiery trials talked about in the New Testament. This however is not the kind of test I’m referring to. Instead, it is a prayer for God to critically evaluate our motives. Motives are the reasons we do what we do. Of course, really, I am the only one who knows what my motives are. In my mind I know why I do the things I do.
Why do we need God to test our motives? It is because as humans we are experts at justifying ourselves. We can determine that the ends justify the means. We can convince ourselves right actions done with wrong motives are acceptable to God. But is this really the case? “God loathes the sacrifice of an evil person, especially when it is brought with ulterior motives.” Proverbs 21:27 (NLT) Right actions done with wrong motives are loathsome to God.
God doesn’t just examine what we do, He examines why we do it. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD.” Proverbs 16:2 (NIV) When we are praying for God to test us, we are asking Him to test our motives and found out if they are pure. If you are a daring Christian that wants to pray a dangerous prayer, ask God to test your motives.
What is your attitude toward attitudes or actions in your life that do not please God? The next dangerous prayer is more than to ask God to show you things that are not pleasing to Him. It is to ask Him to let you feel about these things as He does. We need to move beyond asking God to show us things that are not pleasing to Him. We need to ask God to break our hearts because of these things.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart– These, O God, You will not despise.” Psalm 51:17 (NKJV) What does it mean to be broken over the things in our lives that offend God? It is easier to understand what it means to be broken over the things that are not pleasing to God when we understand what it doesn’t mean to be broken over the things that are not pleasing to God.
Being sorry you were caught doing something wrong is not being broken about things in your life that are not pleasing to God. Being afraid that God is going to punish you for your sin is not being broken about those things in your life that are not pleasing to God.
So then what does it mean to be broken over things in your life that don’t please God? It means to feel grief or sorrow for the displeasing things whether anyone finds out or not. It means to feel grief or sorrow for the displeasing things whether God chastises you or not. Basically, it means that you are sorry that these things are in your life regardless of any other circumstances. If you are a daring Christian that wants to pray a dangerous prayer, ask God to break your heart over anything in your life that is not pleasing to Him.
There are several implications of praying for God to lead you. It means praying for Him to lead you to get the things out of your life that are displeasing to Him. It means praying for Him to lead you to do exactly what He would have you to do in any give situation.
There is a way that God wants us to be lead and there is a way that God doesn’t want us to be led. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.” Psalm 32:8-9 (NKJV) God doesn’t want us to follow His leading because He has forced us to follow His leading.
God wants us to want to follow His leading and be willing to follow His leading regardless of what He is leading us to do. “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5 (NKJV) When we pray for God to lead us, we are praying, “God show me what you would have me to do and whatever that is I will do it.” If you are a daring Christian that wants to pray a dangerous prayer, ask God to lead you to do His will in every area of your life.
Are you a daring Christian that is ready to develop a dangerous prayer life? Praying these dangerous prayers is a daring thing to do because they will often result in our being taken out of our comfort zone. However, they are definitely the path toward spiritual growth.