A Dangerous Prayer from a Courageous Friend

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?

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  • tracyhibsman

    Fantastic post!  Thanks for sharing.  I think there are many of us (me included) who can add this to our prayer life!

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

       Thanks Tracy…yes, this is a wonderful prayer about finding true freedom in Christ! May we all keep advancing in that direction…

  • RRoyster Art

    I can identify with the thoughts and feelings behind this prayer. I have been led back to the closing chapters of Forgotten God, by F. Chan. In the final chapters he challenges readers to pray big prayers, “courageous prayers that only He can answer”.
    I have been given many gifts and talents that I use daily. I have to, but as Chan says, do we live lives dependent on God or ourselves. I am at a life place where I am really reflecting on how I use the abilities I have been given for the Kingdom. I too want to be sure I am true to who I am made to be by being more true to the One who made me. I want my life to leave people thinking about God.

    So I too am open to change, or focus. I have thought maybe God wants to reinvent me, but as of late I lean more towards a refocusing. Not a total life change, but a continual growth, I hope that falls in step with the work of the Spirit in my life.

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

      Refocusing…that is a key word God has been placing on my heart lately as well. You ask a number of great questions Roger. Ones that can help us stay on the path where God is leading us. I’ve been challenged to focus more, letting go of the peripheral activities that distract me from using my “best gifts” to the best of my ability. Thanks for your insights and encouragement.

  • Annette

    Just this: the hardest thing for me to do in my life is to let go, and let God. I think that is the biggest struggle in most of us, and it can be debilitating. I am a hoarder, I hoard my regrets and failures and stew over them often.

    • http://www.joeyo.org Joey O’Connor

       Okay Annette, “Hoarder” is my new favorite term (though the practice of it…as well can all agree is not agreeable). I am reminder to pray and pray often, “Abba, I belong to you.”

      I was sitting on the beach yesterday thinking, “Does God really love me just as I am?”

      I keep coming back to my life as a Father. I love my children just as they are, faults and all, yet I still want more for them. I think this is God’s way of reminding me to keep plugging along in this journey of life, walking with Him, letting go of all the regrets and failures.

      A friend recently reminded me, “Isn’t this why we have Lent?”

      Blessed are the poor in spirit…

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