30/30: OnePrayer…Make Us Crazy.

11 06 2008

The OnePrayer Series challenged 1400 churches across the country to answer this question, “If you could pray only one prayer for the church, what would you pray?”

Epic’s Prayer: Lord, Make Us Crazy…

  1. Crazy About Jesus
  2. Crazy About People
  3. Crazy About Taking Risks to Bring People to Jesus
  4. Crazy about Expecting Jesus to do the Amazing

Epic’s prayer comes straight out of Mark 2:1-12. It’s the story about four guys who were so crazy about Jesus and their paralyzed friend that they took crazy risks to bring their friend to Jesus. These guys anything but normal. They sacrificed time and energy to carry their friend to Jesus. Even though the General Admission seating was sold out when they got to Jesus, they didn’t give up and say, “I guess we’re too late. We did the best we could. Put our name on the waiting list for the next Jesus 30 AD Tour. ” No Way! These innovative guys literally blew the roof off the event.

“Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” They just had to get their friend to Jesus no matter what it was going to cost. It cost them the stares and comments from the crowd who thought they were crazy, “What the heck are you doing? We don’t do church like that around here. We do it the historic way. We keep our roofs on.” It cost them their Sunday afternoon watching a ballgame in the easy chair. You just don’t rip someones roof off and then leave. They knew they would be fixing it later.

Why did they do all that? They knew Jesus could do for their friend what no one else could do. How many times had they encouraged him, helped him and supported him, but they knew Jesus could do for him what they could not do. And it was worth getting crazy to do “whatever it takes” to get him there.

Do you believe that? That Jesus can do for your friends, your spouse, your neighbors, your coworkers what no one else can do. You can be a friend. You can serve them. You can pray for them. But only Jesus can renew their soul, forgive their sins and give their life real purpose. Do you believe that? Do you believe it enough to get crazy to bring them to Jesus? Who do you know that needs Christ? What’s is one crazy thing could you do this week to help bring them to Jesus?

The next couple of verses are amazing. “When Jesus saw THEIR FAITH, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’… He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.” Jesus was so moved by the faith of the four men, all five were never the same again.

That our four week OnePrayer. Let’s pray “Lord Make Us…Crazy.”

Part 2: Why Aren’t We Crazy About Jesus?

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