30/30: Safe Prayers. Dangerous Prayers.

31 01 2008

a2-commitment-card.jpgLeonard Sweet in his book “Jesus Drives Me Crazy” states the #1 problem of church today is numbing normality. Jesus didn’t do things in a normal way. He didn’t come to make things safe. He didn’t die to make your life comfortable. It has taken thousand of years to take the teachings of Jesus, the dangerous and radical teachings of Jesus and make them normal.

In the book of Acts the disciples of Jesus were faced with persecution, experienced death threats and jail time. But the interesting thing is the ONLY prayer that is recorded in the book of Acts is NOT a prayer for protection, NOT a plea for safety and NOT a desire for everything to be okay.

In Acts 4:29-30 their words to God are recorded, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” They were saying, “I don’t care if they threaten to kill us, may we speak the message of Jesus with boldness.”

The definition of Boldness is “to be willing and eager to face danger or adventure with a sense of confidence and fearlessness.” Why doesn’t the church today pray for that kind of boldness? I think it’s because we’ve care way to much about our own needs and not the needs of others. I think it’s because we don’t really believe the message of Jesus can actually change someones life. Or maybe we’ve forgotten how much Christ has changed our normal, ordinary existance into fulfilled, extraordinary life. When we realize that the message of Christ is for every single person we locked eyes with today, it changes our perspective. It changes your prayers, from normal, safe prayers to bold, dangerous prayers.

When was the last time you prayed for boldness? May it be today. Pray through the “A2: Dangerous Church” card from last Sunday and check the boxes that you sense God is leading you personally to grow forward in 2008.

By the way here’s what happened in Acts…They prayed. God answered. “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God BOLDLY.” Acts 4:31-35

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