Prayer That’s Not For Wimps

Here are two prayers that take great courage.  Most people, when things get desperate in their life, will pray to God for immediate help, however, only the bravest people will pray these two powerful prayers.

The first one is a request, prayed by King David of Israel, for God to shine His light into his heart and show him where he was wrong.  It is easy to sincerely believe that we are morally and spiritually okay, when in reality we are a mess.

David said: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)

David also prayed:  “Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.” (Psalm 141:4)

Do you have the courage to open your heart to God’s search light and to let Him show you your offensive thoughts and deeds?  Or do you prefer denial?

I challenge you to muster the courage to pray these prayers.  If you do, you will be amazed and overwhelmed by the hidden sin that God will show you in your own heart.  Try it, if you’re brave enough.

After writing this post, I picked up a book and found this quotation:  “We, being hard-hearted, do not wish to have our consciences pricked, not even a little, nor to change for the better the evil habits in which we are bound.”  –from The Life of Saint Theognius

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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6 Responses to Prayer That’s Not For Wimps

  1. elizabeth s says:

    *** OUCH *** BEEN THERE … DONE THAT! NOT PRETTY

  2. elizabeth s says:

    ELMER L. Townes, in his book “DANIEL Fast”, states, “IF GOD HAS TO BREAK YOUR HEART, YOU MAY HAVE TO GO THROUGH PAIN AGAIN, ONLY IT WILL BE MORE SEVERE”! I HAVE LEARNED the HARD WAY WHEN U ASK GOD TO “SHOW U YOUR HEART”, HE WILL DO IT AND U BETTER BE READY FOR MORE CONFESSION!!!

  3. Donna Eden says:

    The prayers of the people in the Old and New Testaments are very powerful. I’ve prayed many of their prayers. I want to learn and grow more into the image of Jesus, and praying helps. Also reading God’s Word helps me to know what I need to pray for.

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