DANGEROUS PRAYERS-SHUT ME UP!
September 16, 2018
We have kicked off another football season! Inevitably, you will hear a commentator summarizing a particular game: “Tech lost to UVA today because in the 4th quarter the Hokies began playing not to lose. They sat on their lead in a prevent defense rather than continue to play with reckless abandon and enthusiasm. And thus, the Wahoos overcame a 10-point deficit and won the game!”
(I know- that’s a fictitious scenario…but UVA fans can dream!)
Christian folk, especially as they enter the 4th quarter of their lives, also have a tendency to go into prevent mode, praying it safe. Our prayers are all about begging God to protect us and bless us, rather than beseeching God to mold us and make us into more of what he would have us to be.
I would submit to you that faith becomes kindled and dynamic and real to us when we learn to pray dangerously…when we pray with reckless abandon!
Such dangerous prayers might include the petitions asking, pestering, perhaps demanding that God Clean Me Up, Fill Me Up, Sign Me Up, Coach Me Up, Use Me Up…. and today – Shut Me Up!
Why in tarnation would we ever want to pray Lord, shut me up?