The Prayer Routine That Changed My Life
“Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.” — Hebrews 6:11-12
If you’ve been following my blog on Instagram, you would have probably seen me recommend Craig Groeschel’s Bible Plan: Dangerous Prayers. Trust me, I’ve completed many devotionals on the YouVersion Bible App but none of them has ever resonated with me or changed my perspective as much as this one has.
Before this Bible Plan, my prayer life sucked. My prayers were safe, boring, lifeless and predictable; but this plan was all about breaking the boundaries of prayer. These 5 prayers changed my life forever...
1. Search Me
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” — Psalms 139:23-24
When you pray Psalm 139, you invite God to unveil in you the things that are holding you back from greater intimacy with the Lord. It’s a prayer that Pastor Craig warns will convict you, redirect your life and change the way you see yourself. It's about asking God to heal you from the wounds that sin has caused and instead of simply asking God to do something for you, it's about asking God to reveal something in you.
You see, the truth will either convict or offend you. Conviction results in change and redirection, so when we pray ‘search me’ it’s a prayer that invites the Holy Spirit to create in us pure hearts.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel 36:26
2. Reveal In Me
“O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.” — Acts of the Apostles 4:29-31
The things that keep you up at night are a reflection of where you trust God the least. As God reveals your fears, He will also build up your faith. When we ask God to reveal our fears, rather than running away from them, we choose to face them with a Spirit of boldness.
The Dangerous Prayer devotional explains how following Jesus was never meant to be safe. It’s the truth - true discipleship will cost you everything. The sad reality is that I know so many Christians who shy away from preaching the truth out of fear of rejection or being seen as not “politically correct” and that’s when we have a generation of Christians who support abortion, sex outside of marriage, cohabitation and gay marriage.
As a result, we end up diluting the Word of God to fit in with the trends of this world. As believers, we were created to be in the world but not of the world, yet many of us are compromising on the Word of God because we’re so lukewarm in our faith.
When you ask God to reveal in you the lukewarm parts of your life, God will be able to redirect you on your journey of faith. When you ask God to make you bold, you ask God to fill you with a spirit of boldness and an opportunity to profess your faith. If people unfollow you on social media, that’s their loss. Jesus is worth every ounce of persecution that comes our way. It’s time we stop praying safe prayers but start asking God to expose where we fear the most.
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.” — John 15:18-19
3. Break Me
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” — Matthew 16:24-25
Instead of simply asking God to protect us, we need to ask God to break us. When you ask God to break you, it’s one of the most dangerous prayers of them all, yet it’s also the one with the most radical results.
You see, Jesus has to break us in order to transform us and we might have to wrestle with God. For it’s about breaking our hearts from what breaks His and preparing ourselves for a life of sacrifice - not our will be done, but His. When we pray this prayer, we ask God to crucify our fleshy desires and since, Jesus’ body was broken and His blood was poured out for us, as His disciples, we too should live to be continually broken and poured out for others.
"He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." — Luke 22:19
4. Send Me
"Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." — Isaiah 6:8
Notice how Isaiah didn’t ask for any details. Instead it was a prayer of unreserved availability in the presence of God. It's a prayer that invites you to risk it all, for God can choose to send you anywhere. Yet, God won't ever send you somewhere without equipping you with the necessary tools to fulfil purpose. Whether that's physically sending you to countries where it's dangerous to be a Christian or spiritually into the wilderness, when you pray this kind of prayer you surrender to God’s plans and not your own.
“May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” — Hebrews 13:21
5. Disturb Me
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” — Ephesians 6:18
Imagine what could have been different if we were more transparent in our prayers. What if you risked more or were more open to what God might do in you instead of just hoping that He will do something for you. Instead of only praying self-centred prayers, we could pray for an opportunity to help carry someone else’s Cross.
Yet, so many of us are physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted that we have literally no space to allow someone to interrupt us and inconvenience us. It's in seasons like this that we desperately need this kind of prayer. When we serve others, we may be the miracle or answer to a prayer they prayed for. For when the power of God collides with genuine faith, miracles happen.
"And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” — Luke 11:9
If your pray routine feels dull and lifeless at the moment, I encourage you to read the free ‘Dangerous Prayers’ devotional on the YouVersion Bible App and I promise it will change the way you pray forever...