DANGEROUS PRAYERS-FILL ME UP
September 23, 2018
Some of you might recall the name of the late George Plimpton, the legendary popular author who was known as a “participatory” journalist. He always sought to experience first-hand whatever he was writing about—so he boxed with Archie Moore and pitched to Willie Mays. He endured football training camp with the Detroit Lions, resulting in a best-selling work entitled Paper Lions.
I also recall a TV special he recorded with the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. circus. He was training to be a trapeze artist. And as the cameras rolled, you witnessed up close and personal the fear in his eyes as he climbed that flimsy ladder to the top of the circus tent and reached out to take hold of the trapeze bar.
And even with a safety harness rigged to his waistline, Plimpton initially could not bring himself to let go of the bar. He would swing out, and then back, his hands locked in a death grip on that bar, his face frozen in terror. He would later say that, of all the experiences he put himself through to get the personal angle on a story, that hanging on to that trapeze bar was by far the most frightening. And yet, once he did muster the courage to let go, he said it was the most awesome and rewarding feat he ever accomplished.
Our prayers often revolve around praying it safe, begging God to protect us and bless us. We never let go of the bar, beseeching God to mold us and make us into more of what he would have us to be.
Yet, it’s only when we let go of that bar, when we begin to pray dangerously, that faith becomes kindled and dynamic and real to us!