Pray: Week 4


Pray
4-Dangerous Prayers
12/2/15

Podcast

“Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

5 Dangerous Prayers…

#1: SEARCH ME
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” – Psalm 139:23-24

“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.” – James 4:8-10

#2: BREAK ME
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

“We cannot grow as a Christian until you learn to ask for brokenness.  Regardless of your level of spiritual maturity, there will always be areas of your life God needs to work in.” – Bill Hybels

#3: STRETCH ME
“This is the kind of prayer to pray when you want to grow up spiritually.  If you know someone whose depth of love is humbling, whose spiritual strength is amazing, that person has probably asked God to stretch him through life’s challenges.” – Bill Hybels

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11

#4: LEAD ME
“Asking God to take your life and do whatever He wants with it is risky.  We’ve got to believe that His plans for us are better than our own.” – Bill Hybels

“Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.” – Psalm 25:5

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

#5: USE ME
“It’s exciting to make yourself available to God so that He can touch someone else through you.  Such prayer creates adventures.” – Bill Hybels

“Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves.” – Matthew 6:20

“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him.” – Dwight L. Moody

Discussion Questions:

  • Have you seen your prayer life grow through this series?  Why or why not?
  • How can these dangerous prayers move you from self-centered praying to Gospel-centered praying?
  • Out of the prayers Todd talked about, which seems the most dangerous to you? Why?
  • How does praying these dangerous prayers lead you to a greater place of dependency on God?  How can they grow your faith?
  • What would it look like for you to pray these dangerous prayers this week?  How do you think it could change your life and future?