A couple weeks ago, I received the most remarkable prayer from a friend asking me to pray for him. When I read his words, I was blown away at his courage. Blown away at what a truly dangerous prayer he had just written. His words are so real, honest and authentic, I believe they capture the hearts of many people I know who desire real change in their lives and in their relationship with God. My friend wrote about the debilitating impact of paralysis, depression, fear, failure and regret. Yet, he also writes about the hope of change, finding true strength in God and living with confidence in the days ahead.
When we pray dangerously like my friend does below, just like this old bridge, dangerous prayers offer us new pathways of hope and change from tired, old ways of living. I hope “A Dangerous Prayer from a Courageous Friend” encourages you to press on and rest in the grace of Christ today.
I ask that you pray with me asking that God would change a part of my deep character that I feel stands in the way of me being most useful to Him.
I want to admit to you that I struggle with a kind of paralysis, and that I tend to stand still in depression due to past failures. But, I am sensing God is telling me to get up, leave past failures behind, and get going. I am not sure what this means exactly, but I do know that I struggle with the impact of my past failures and this impact stands in the way of me being more useful to Him today and in the future. I want this to change. I do not want to go through the rest of my days knowing I served Him fearfully, lacking confidence, at half speed or half capacity.
So, I am praying God will help me move forward past this habituated sense of failure and impending doom, to move forward with confidence in Him, that He will direct my paths and my energies and I will be set free from my failures, not forgetting them, but no longer held hostage by them.
Questions: This is an amazing prayer offering the hope of freedom found in the love and strength of God. How do my friend’s words speak to your heart and life?