Have you ever complained that your prayers (for more money, less persecution, better kids, bigger house, easier life) weren’t being answered? Well, I’ve discovered certain prayers that always get God’s response–often instantly. But fair warning: These aren’t safe prayers. They will mess up your simple, neat existence and shatter several preconceived notions you may have about faith, God and humanity. I speak from experience. Pray these prayers at your own risk:
1. “Lord, give me the opportunity to witness to someone today.”
Don’t pray this one unless you are fully prepared to follow through. I’ve prayed this one several times, and God has NOT ONCE failed to answer. The problem is, you don’t know when the opportunity will present itself. It could be on your job, while you’re wrestling your kids into the car, or in front of your worldly friends who don’t have you pegged as “that kind of Christian.”
2. “Lord, let me see people as you see them.”
If you’re comfortable viewing the unwashed masses as stupid, annoying, lazy or evil (and trumpeting that view on Facebook), best to steer clear of this one. This prayer not only changed my attitude toward humanity, it changed my theology, too.
3. “Lord, help me to love people as you love them.”
After the experience I had with #2, I haven’t yet worked up the nerve to try this one. But I imagine it might result in giving away lots of money, cheek turning, tongue holding, and embracing people who haven’t showered in weeks.
4. “Lord, give me wisdom.”
An innocent enough prayer. Until you realize that wisdom often comes by experience–a lot of knuckle-hardening, character-shaping experience. And then you learn that wisdom doesn’t exactly mean having the right answer for every situation. Sometimes wisdom involves shutting up and just letting things be. Sometimes it means admitting that you don’t have all the right answers. Sometimes it means looking foolish and ignorant and failing to meet others’ expectations. Don’t pray for wisdom if you plan on keeping your ego intact.
5. “Lord, teach me humility.”
I can’t begin to tell you how dangerous this prayer is. Depending on the size of your ego, here’s a few things you can expect after uttering this one:
– multiple failures
– the onset of a weakness or handicap
– loss of esteem in the eyes of others
– a crisis of faith
– loss of titles
– being unemployed for months or years at a time
– watching others get promotions, positions and awards meant for you
– getting stuck with menial tasks in ministry, such as scrubbing the church toilets
And here’s the kicker: The lesson doesn’t end when you’re ready. God decides when you’ve had enough. Bahahaha!
So why pray these prayers? Because they lead to a deeper relationship with Christ. God desires that we walk in love, humility and wisdom. It’s just that stripping away the ego and selfishness that gets in the way can be a painful process. So pray joyfully, but at your own risk.
What are some dangerous prayers you’ve discovered?