Praying Dangerous Prayers (Habakkuk 1:2-4)

Subject:  Prayer

Title: Praying Dangerous Prayers

Proposition: In lesson we will study some truths about our prayers and how, when answered, we will be tested, transformed and brought into submission to God’s will.

Objective:  That everyone would understand the seriousness of our prayers to the Lord.

 

Introduction:  There are dangerous prayers and safe prayers.

 

  1. Safe prayers:
      1. Thanksgiving prayers: “Lord I thank you for this day, for the food, etc.”
        1. This is a type of prayer that does not require anything on my part.  I am simply thanking God for His goodness and blessings toward mankind in general.
        2. This is a prayer that reminds us of being grateful, but not demand change on our part.
      2. Blessing prayers: “Lord please bless this food we are about to eat, etc.”
        1. Again, this prayer does not require anything on our part, there is no commitment from me.  Simply, we are asking God to do something for us.
        2. This is a type of prayer that our comfort zone is not molested at all.  This is a simple prayer that recognizes God’s power, but that is about it.
      3. Recited prayers: These are prayers that are often handed out on cards.  I equate them to generic Hallmark style poems.
        1. “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; and should I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.  Bless my mother, father, sister, brother and Rover.”
        2. This is the type of prayer that is effortless and requires no commitment on our part.  It is simply a recitation.
        3. Someone wrote on a message board and asked, “I аm nеw tο (sic) christianity (sic) аnd wουld prefer аn effortless prayer tο recite еνеrу evening ahead οf (sic) i sleep.  Please саn fellow (sic) christians hеlр mе wіth thіѕ οr inform mе a prayer? Maybe thе ‘Oυr father whο art іn heaven. . . ?  thanks: )”
    1. Dangerous prayers: This is a prayer where we place ourselves in the hands of God and say, “Use me however you want, I am Yours.”
      1. This prayer requires me to change, to submit to God’s will and change, and accept whatever change is necessary.
      2. “Prayer is the anvil upon which we beat our will into the will of God.”
    2. In this lesson we will talk about four dangerous prayers, extremely dangerous prayers!
    3. Subject:  Prayer

Title: Praying Dangerous Prayers

Proposition: In lesson we will study some truths about our prayers and how, when answered, we will be tested, transformed and brought into submission to God’s will.

Objective:  That everyone would understand the seriousness of our prayers to the Lord.

Body:

 

  1. The first dangerous prayer is non-verbal, it is “said” when we are baptized (Matthew 28:18-20)
    1. When you are standing in the water, what are you communicating to God and to the world?
      1. “I give You my life…”
      2. “I exchange my life for Yours…”
      3. I give You my life.  I don’t know what that means, but as I learn more You are going to get more of it.”
    2. Symbolism of baptism.  Baptism symbolizes our death, burial and resurrection along with Christ’s.
      1. We are placed into Christ because it is an action of surrender.
      2. This prayer is the first level of danger, because things are going to change.
      3. 2 Corinthians 5:17  If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation (creature).  This is dangerous to our relationships, our jobs, dangerous to a number of things because we are marching to a drummer that most of the world cannot hear the drumbeat.
  2. “Not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)
    1. One often ignores the impact of this phrase!  I challenge you to say it right now, aloud and mean it.
      1. When the Lord Jesus said this prayer, He resigned Himself to whatever God’s plan was.  It meant suffering and dying on the cross.
      2. When we say this prayer:
        1. Things will change in our lives.
        2. It brought pain to Jesus and it will do the same to us.
        3. Change is painful, nonetheless necessary.
        4. All of our choices are now based on God’s will and not mine.
        5. I will need to do whatever God asks me to do.
    2. “Not my will, but yours be done…” is dangerous because it requires a lot on our part.
  3. “Whatever things were gain to me I now consider as rubbish…” (Philippians 3:7-9)
    1. Vs. 7, Consider all things that were treasured and very near and dear to me, I have exchanged it for the surpassing knowledge of knowing Jesus Christ.
      1. The nature of the passage demands that we recognize that there are many things that we will have to give up in order to be Christlike.
      2. Everything, when placed on the ledger sheet is rubbish and not worth anything at all, in comparison to knowing Jesus.
      3. “Lord, do whatever it takes to make me like Jesus.  Because I value knowing Jesus and being like Him more than anything in this world.” (vs. 9)
    2. To say this nonverbal prayer it means that we will have the character of Christ.
      1. When Jesus says to love our enemies, it inherently means that we will have enemies, like Jesus.
      2. “Make me more like Jesus…”  We will become more patient, and how does God teach us patience?
        1. Romans 5:3-4.
        2. 1 Peter 2:20.
      3. “Form in me whatever it takes to have the character of God in me.”
      4. Expect enemy resistance.
  4. Galatians 6:13-14.  “…through whom the world has been crucified and I to the world…”
    1. Why was Christ crucified?  To forgive our sins.  Through His death he reached all mankind with the hope of salvation.
      1. “I will do whatever it takes, even to the point of going to the cross, if it means reaching people with the good news-make me effective.”
      2. Our commitment to the Lord is to such a degree.
    2. This is why people lay down their lives and go into dangerous mission fields to preach the gospel to a lost and dying world.

 

Conclusion:  

  1. Our prayers are dangerous when we pray like God commands us.  Let us be aware of our actions and prayers and be ready and willing for change in our lives.
  2. If you are not a Christian begin with your first dangerous prayer and become one by obeying the gospel (plan of salvation).
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