June 21 - Nate Porter, Dangerous Prayers
As a church, Newstart is committed to prayer and encourages its members to make prayer a major part of their lives as well. When we pray, we are accepting an invitation to participate in what Christ has for our lives. If you’re ready to move to a new level spiritually, ask yourself, “How devoted am I to my prayer life?” and “Are my prayers bold enough?” Think of Paul, imprisoned and bound in chains, yet continuing to encourage the people of Colossae to devote themselves to prayer. Do you view prayer as Paul does?
Colossians 4:2-6 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Nate preached a message on Sunday inspired by Craig Groeschel’s book Dangerous Prayers. He shared three prayers we can add to our life that will grow us and change us in amazing ways. The examples are not all-inclusive, but are good starting points for boosting your current prayers.
Search me. Heavenly Father, as hard as this is for me, I’m asking You to search me. Search me, God, and know my heart. Test my motives. Reveal to me my anxious thoughts. Show me anything in me that offends You. God, I want to see in me what You see in me so I can become more like Jesus. God, I ask You to search me.
Break me. God, I know You give grace to the humble. So I ask You to do a deep work in my heart and break me. Break me of my pride. Break me of my selfishness. Break me of anything that keeps me from knowing You. As hard as it is to ask, God, do whatever it takes to break me.
Send me. God, I know You want to use me to show Your love in this world. Give me eyes to see needs of others and a heart that dares to get involved where You are working. God, my life is Yours. Whatever You want, wherever You lead—here I am, Lord, send me.*
By incorporating these into our prayer life, God will reveal things to us we don’t realize about ourselves, exposing things we have hidden. By allowing ourselves to be searched, broken and sent, we will experience a deeper, more intimate relationship with our Father and be drawn further into the life He has for us.