Are your prayers… safe?
Do you ask God to keep things… easy?
Is your prayer request for a life that’s… effortless?
Or do you pray bold and gutsy prayers, like:
- God, use me in any way you see fit?
- Father, teach me to be a more patient mom?
- Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours?
These “stretching prayers” take courage to pray because we are essentially asking God to move us into uncomfortable and unfamiliar places. But it’s in those places that God meets us and grows our faith.
I wonder, do you willingly pray these audacious prayers…
…or avoid them at all cost?
For years, my prayers were practical, sensible and harmless. I was careful what I asked for because I didn’t want God to give me more than I could handle. I wanted to stay comfortable. I was looking for a low-maintenance life.
My fear was that God would answer bold prayers, and it would be painful.
What if I asked God to teach me forgiveness and He gave me the perfect opportunity to learn it through a friend’s unexpected betrayal?
What if I asked God to grow my ministry and He took it in a direction I didn’t really want or expect to go?
What if I asked God to help me become a better mom and then my kids started acting up and spiraling out of control?
So instead of those kinds of prayers, I avoided them altogether. I didn’t believe that God would equip me for whatever He asked of me. I lacked faith. I longed for control. And in my mind…
…it was just smarter to pray safe.
My prayers used to be like this:
“Um, Lord. Okay… I will go where You want me to go. But I don’t want to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced because I don’t do well in those situations. And I really don’t know scripture well so please don’t ask me to debate Bible topics. Also, I like my schedule right now, so please keep it the same. I have a family, You know. And You created me to need a lot of downtime, so I’d appreciate You keeping that in mind. I love You and will be Your willing servant. Just remember that I’ve had a tough life and I really don’t need it complicated again right now. Amen.”
Get the picture?
But I don’t pray like that anymore.
Now I boldly ask God to use me, change me, and challenge me.
“Lord, I am available to You. I trust You! Show me where You want me to be and what You want me to do. I am here and ready! Use me, Father!”
I like to pray those dangerous, gutsy, stretching prayers because I know my God. I know His plans are to prosper me and not to harm me (Jer. 29:11). I know He will finish a good work in me. (Eph. 2:10).
And because of those truths…I can trust Him.
Don’t believe the Enemy’s lies that say:
- Your life will be miserable.
- No one will like you.
- You’re not good enough.
- You’ll fail.
- God can’t use you.
Look, Jesus didn’t come to make life… safe. He didn’t die on the cross so life would be… easy. Christ didn’t promise to make life… predictable.
He came so we could live life to the fullest.
He created us to be lights in the world, pointing others to Him. (Matt. 5:14-16)
Friends, I challenge you to begin praying bold. When you do…
- Your ordinary life will become extraordinary.
- He will take you into deeper waters with Him.
- God will further reveal Himself to you.
- You’ll help further His Kingdom.
Question: Are your current prayer stretching and bold? If not, what prevents you from praying this way? You can leave a comment by clicking here.