Lent Devotion April 11-Dangerous Prayer

Lent Devotion
 
April 11
 
Dangerous Prayer
 
 
    Let’s be honest—there are some prayers that we’re reluctant to pray. For example, we all wantpatience, but we’re hesitant to ask for it because the only way to develop patience is to go through situations that require it, which we don’t like. Praying for patience is seen as a dangerous thing to do.
 
 
Another dangerous, but crucial, prayer is to pray that God’s will be done. 1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” Asking for God’s will to be done is dangerous because His will is often (dare I say, usually) different from our will. We want what’s going to make us comfortable and happy, and God wants what’s best for the Kingdom.
 
 
    We ask for things and add the words “if it’s your will,” understanding that God may say “no,” or at least “not now.” But that’s different than going to God and saying, “Lord, I want your will to be done in my life in all things.” We hesitate to pray for God’s will to be done because we look and see what that Got Jesus and we cringe.
 
 
    Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done and He ended up being arrested, beaten within an inch of his life, and nailed to a cross. The Kingdom benefited; you and I benefited; but it was tortuous for Jesus. And I don’t know about you, but sometimes I’m held back from praying that God’s will be done in my life completely because of a fear of what that might mean for me in the short term. I know it will mean wonderful things in eternity, but it’s the here and now that makes me nervous. It shouldn’t; I know that He’ll be there to see me though, but sometimes I’m still hesitant. And I don’t think I’m alone in that.
 
 
    As we pray today let’s be bold and ask for God’s will to be done in our life, regardless of what that may mean, knowing that He’ll be beside us in anything we face.

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