Summary: Did you know that prayer can be dangerous? Dangerous prayers are prayers with consequences. Prayers that we ought to pray but that we also need to realize that that prayer which we pray might just be answered by God. Prayers that will change you.
Did you know that prayer can be dangerous? Dangerous prayers are prayers with consequences. Prayers that we ought to pray but that we also need to realize that that prayer which we pray might just be answered by God. These prayers are prayers that will challenge you, stretch you, change your world, and transform your life. They are prayers that should be prayed.
I. Show me the sin in my life.
A. Psalm 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.”
B. Many people do not like to pray because prayer will convict you to get sin out of your life. In order to effectively pray, we must be willing to confess and repent of our sins and allow God to create within us a clean heart so that He will not only hear us but answer us.
C. Sin in the life of the believer holds back God’s richest blessings, the dynamic power of the Spirit, and the fullness of the joy of the Lord.
D. We need to ask God to show us the sins in our lives that are holding us back from getting all God has for us.
E. Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
F. The psalmist is asking God to search him thoroughly and to examine not merely his outward conduct, but what he thinks about; what are his purposes; what passes through his mind; what occupies his imagination; what secures his affections and controls his will. - copied
G. Psalm 26:2 “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart.
H. Today’s Christians what to be comfortable in their Christianity. They want Christ and the world. We get uncomfortable when God’s Holy Spirit examines our lives and begins reveal to us our sins. Understand that it’s the Holy Spirit’s job to make us uncomfortable with our sins.
I. The very moment that the Holy Spirit reveals that you have unconfessed sin or an area of your life where you are displeasing God you ought to take action in confessing your sins.
J. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
K. When you pray that God shows you those things in your life that are is pleasing to Him, you are asking God to give you a deep, heart-rending sorrow for sin, and a deep sense of guilt and shame for offending a holy God. Praying for God to search you is dangerous because when you ask God to search your heart for anything that displeases Him, He will. That prayer has consequences. It will transform you.
II. Let Christ be Seen in Me
A. Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…”
B. "Lord, do whatever it takes to make me like Jesus."
C. Philippians 3:8-10 “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”