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Praying dangerous prayers

Sometimes when you pray (and sometimes when you don’t care to pray), God seems to delight in asking questions that you respond to at your own risk. He asks Isaiah, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”   Isaiah responds in the only acceptable way possible when addressing the Almi…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Sometimes when you pray (and sometimes when you don’t care to pray), God seems to delight in asking questions that you respond to at your own risk. He asks Isaiah, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
 
Isaiah responds in the only acceptable way possible when addressing the Almighty: “Here am I send me.”
 
Jesus wants to teach us what he taught his disciples – how to pray dangerous prayers. He tells them,  “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matt. 9:37)
 
Presumably they pray that dangerous prayer, because in the next chapter, we see Jesus answering the prayer by sending them out.
 
I wonder if we haven’t lost the capacity to pray dangerous prayers. The good news is, we don’t even have to be original. We can pray someone else’s. Here are three:
 
Bob Pierce’s prayer
“Lord break my heart with the things that break your heart.”


Experiencing God prayer

“Lord, show me where you’re at work and how to join you there.”

David Brainerd’s prayer*

“Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to
the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called
comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service,
and to promote Thy kingdom.”

 
Sometimes a dangerous prayer is about forgiveness. “God, I don’t want to forgive, please take my bitterness away and help me to forgive.”
 
Sometimes a dangerous prayer is about an area where you’ve grown cynical, “Lord, I don’t know how this will ever change, but I know you’re a God of miracles, please change my heart. I’m willing to be changed.”
What dangerous prayer can you pray today? If you’re willing, please pray it below.

*Although he died of tuberculosis at
age 29, Brainerd has inspired generations of missionaries to pray dangerous prayers.

Comments (18)

  • I’ve been praying that my eyes would see a piece of God’s heart everyday of my life… and that I would respond to it anyway He wants me too.

  • This has been a time of dangerous prayers for me….. at first I hesitated, but now I am confidently praying to God. Prayers that will most likely shake things up a lot.

  • I’ve been praying to be as bold as a lion, and that the Lord would help me scream my war cry, and that the Lord would reveal my purposes and passions, and to break the chains off people held in bondage.

  • I am not a religious person by any means not even sure how these articles pop on my email, but its ironic this particular post came to me today. I could barely finish reading it through my tear blurred eyes. Two weeks ago, after a very heavy burden had been placed on my heart I prayed. Prayed for the first time in 20 years. It was a dangerous prayer. The answer, I am leaving my VERY comfortable lifestyle, along with my 6 beautiful healthy children, and my close knit family to travel halfway across the world for 4 weeks. And the only person that knows I am leaving is myself and GOD.

    Since I have told no one, I am facing this trip alone and scared out of my mind. I often question if I am just mental ill thinking I hear GOD’s voice directing me to do this, or this is really HIS hand.

    So I prayed a dangerous prayer

    Thank you for this post, you can’t imagine a more perfect time for this to come to me.

  • My Dangerous Prayer.
    I made an evaluation for my prayer life this year 2011 and the past year 2010.I found out that the LORD answered my prayers, but those prayers are my prayers for others.I saw in my eyes how GOD answered my prayers for other people whom I prayed for.To my surprise, I found out that the LORD was SO SILENT with me on my personal prayers.I found out that GOD’s answer to my personal prayers are much unclear and tough.Does it mean the LORD rejected my prayers for myself and it could be understood that my FATHER rejected me too since HE never cares my personal prayers?Yes,I struggled and asked the LORD why and how it came to happen that HE’s SO SILENT with me.I prayed a DANGEROUS PRAYER to the LORD by asking HIM to stop showing me those answered prayers for others.Its enough for me to believe far more than any other muracles that HE is GOD who answers prayers.I told HIM that I believe yet I felt that was a dangerous prayer as I also asked HIM to show me favor that HE also hears my personal prayers too.I struggled with these dangerous prayers of mine.Just last week the LORD made me understand that HIS answer to my prayer seems DELAYED BUT NOT DENIED.
    Secondly, He showed me that MY FATHER IN HEAVEN is SO SILENT with me on my personal prayers last year and this
    year.HIS SILENCE does not mean that HE NEVER CARES MY PERSONAL PRAYERS nor HE DOESNT CARE ME AT ALL.His silence means HE is DOING SOMETHING GREAT SND MIGHTY that needs year for me to wait until HE will show it.His silence means that HE is doing something big and wonderful that will be HIS greatest surprise for me because I am HIS most beloved princess so my FATHER KING loves to give me a great surprise.So HE is silent this time because HE is doing GREAT THINGS in heaven now a dsys and when HE accomplish it and the time HE will reveal it ,it causes my faith to grow more and csuses my mouth and heart to praise Him forever and testify to people that HE IS GREAT AND EVER LOVING AND EVER LIVING GOD.When the time GOD finishes HIS SILENCE with me and HE WILL REVESL HIS SURPRISE then it could cause a great noise of praising HIM.People will praise HIM in wonders that HE is my LOVING and LIVING and TRUE GOD.He is about to finish HIS SILENCE therefore HE is going to reveal it soon snd very soon for HIS NAME ‘s sake.
    My DANGEROUS PRAYER is that the LORD will finish HIS silence this year and in next year 2012 HE will SHOW IT AND REVEAL it what HE HAS DONE in the year of SILENCE.I prayed a DANGEROUS PRAYER that the LORD will releases HIS ATOMIC BOMB this coming year 2012 that kills peoples’ unbelief and doubt that my GOD is SI SILENT WITH ME and redicule me that my GOD seemed sleeping on dealing my prayers for my personal good and personal needs sake.People rediculed and harassed me since My GOD is good only for others but to me HEs not good enough.My DANGEROUS PRAYER is that the LORD releases me from this bondage of peooles rediculous notions.My DANGEROUS PRAYERS that there will be an EXPLOTION OF GOD ‘s abundant GRACE AND FAVOR greatly and mightily next year.Year of SILENCE is CLOSED THIS YEAR.IT IS DONE,IT IS FINISHED.Year of breakthrough and the year of favor is getting closer and the year of celebration is coming up here!
    To GOD BE THE GLORY FOR THIS DANGEROUS PRAYER
    Deborah DEBBY

  • Seth,

    I starting praying for God to “break my heart with the things that break his” around 5 years ago and had never seen Bob Pierce’s prayer. I didn’t know then what he would do with me now.

    As I write, I am in the Philippines looking for Wipe Every Tear’s first Safe House to rescue and restore beautiful girls trafficked into prostitution and I AM GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD!

    I never thought that my Lord would use me like this because “I’m Just a basketball coach and high school teacher” I would say. God VERY GENTLY admonished me “Kenny, you are indeed a coach and teacher, but you are a coach and teacher who I have commissioned to rescue girls in the sex trade”.

    SETH, YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MUCH YOU HAVE BEEN A BIG PART OF THIS PILGRIMAGE. I thank God for you.

    And for those of you reading this, if this basketball coach and high school history teacher can do this, SO CAN YOU. Live your dreams, take a risk and go for it!

    I can hardly believe that I’m here doing this. I’m just taking one step at a time and it is happening.

    Thank you brother for all you do. You are a blessing in my life and Wipe Every Tear.

  • When I was in high school I asked the LORD to use me to help end sexual perversion on the earth. I grew up in a very broken enviroment.After wrestling with the very spirit I hate the most for years.Just last week the LORD has shown me what my job is.I AM a forward observer in the spirit .A forward observer goes into enemy territory and reports back to command what they learn,then command develops strategies to defeat the enemy.Next week Ill be standing in front of my home chuch speaking about some of these things.

  • Good day

    urgently need somebody to send me dangerous prayers, I have stubborn problems in my life

    Regads

  • Liphoko steven jabulane

    I NEVER HAD ENOUGH TIME PRAYING DANGEROUS PRAYERS,BECAUSE I HAD NOT YET HAVE MY COPIES.
    BUT ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT>THEY ARE EFFECTIVE INDEED!!!

  • I know that prayers delayed are not prayers denied. My family is facing serious health challenges and I need these dangerous prayers. Can someone send them to me?

  • Please help me to pray for someone who treating me to the harmful situation.. somebody wants me to bring in trouble.. asking me to pay a money to them please help me and guide me please lord to guide and protect us to this person.. please let him go out in our life.. please lord sorry for this trouble

  • kakkerla pramod goud

    sir iam kakkerla pramod goud from india sir iam suffering with severe evil spirits problem and severe demoinic powers problem in head sir since 2 years iam suffering sir my parents taken me to many doctors and astrolagewrs sir they spend 3 lacs on me sir but there is no use sir with my problem my father got heart surgery sir my wife leaved me sir with all this problems i did a sucide attempt sir one person saved me and said few words about jesus and said this webadderess sir now iam in iccu sir doctors did al;l tests and said in my body total nerves are completly dead and they are in disorder and there is only 20 percent insulin in my body sir they given powerful injections to activate nerves and set them in order and insulin improvement sir but there is no use sir doto

  • kakkerla pramod goud

    sir iam kakkerla pramod goud from india sir iam suffering with severe evil spirits problem and severe demoinic powers problem in head sir since 2 years iam suffering sir my parents taken me to many doctors and astrolagewrs sir they spend 3 lacs on me sir but there is no use sir with my problem my father got heart surgery sir my wife leaved me sir with all this problems i did a sucide attempt sir one person saved me and said few words about jesus and said this webadderess sir now iam in iccu sir doctors did al;l tests and said in my body total nerves are completly dead and they are in disorder and there is only 20 percent insulin in my body sir they given powerful injections to activate nerves and set them in order and insulin improvement sir but there is no use sir doto

  • I’ll take the prayer and cry of Bob Pierce:
    “Lord, break my heart with the things that break your heart.”
    Simple, profound: says it all for me.
    Much love,
    Judith

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