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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Are You at Peace with God?

You know that God exists and that He expects something of you, but in reality do not know what.  You know that the Bible is His word and respect it as such, but when you read it you find it difficult to understand and become frustrated.  Maybe you have gone to several churches but found them to be:

  • too formal and tied to rituals and were not edified
  • totally disorganized and with so much chaos that you left more confused than when you arrived
  • too worried about “who’s, who”, and judgmental on what kind of clothes people wore
  • too involved in themselves that you felt ignored
  • too focused on opinions and emotions that the Bible was not taught
  • caught up in human traditions so much that even you noticed that the practices are not found in the Bible
  • too concerned about tithing and their pastor that it seemed as if Jesus was no longer the focus.

Did you know that there is a group of people in our community that makes an effort to follow the Bible in everything that they practice?  The Bible is the focus of all of their teaching.  We invite you to visit us and see how our worship to the Lord is orderly, respectful and bible-centered.  When you visit us you will receive a loving welcome, but will not be embarrassed.

We will gladly listen to any spiritual question you may have, and will make every attempt to give you a Bible answer.  Our goal is to reach eternal life in heaven and it would be a pleasure to have you as our guest.

You might wonder: “Why should I care what God says?”

He created this world and everything in it, including mankind.  As Creator He has every right to demand obedience (Gen. 1:1).

Since God is our heavenly Father, He only wants what is best for His children.  His commandments have our best interests at hand, even though we do not always agree with Him, or completely understand His word (John 5:3).

He has demonstrated His power over other so-called “gods” time and again (1 Samuel 5:1; 1 Kings 18).  He promised to judge everyone using His word alone, the Bible.  This is not an empty promise, being that God, during the passing of time, has judged many nations and punished them for their sins (Ecclesiastes 12:14).

He loved us so much that He sent his only Son to die for us on the cross (John 3:16).

“But, I’m a good person, ins’t that enough to please God?”

It is not sufficient enough to be a good moral person.  Clearly, to be a good moral person is of great importance, but God requires more of His creation.

In Acts 10, we read about a man named Cornelius.  He was “…a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.  This man was a good person, but in Acts 11:14, an angel appeared and instructed him to call for the preacher (Peter) saying, “and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.”  This means that Cornelius was still not saved, there was more that he needed to do in order to be saved.

God expects His children to obey, just like parents expect the same from their children.  He has told us what He wants from us in His word, that is, the Bible.  If we do not know what the Bible says, then how can we obey God?  Yes, in order to please God, we need to do more than just live a good moral life.

We invite you to allow us to share the Word with you.  This can be done in several ways: internet, mail, email, or better yet-in an in home Bible study.  This is totally and completely free!  We are here to serve you.

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