It’s Sunday. I’m gonna preach.
I’d like to tell you about a prayer that changed my life. When a Christian says that, thoughts generally turn to the gospel. Salvation. Oh, but I already told you I’m preaching today. Praying for salvation is for the lost. I don’t preach to the lost. I’m preaching to the found.
Choosing to enter into a relationship with Jesus is the most important decision you can make. It changes your eternity. But today I’m not talking about eternity. Today is about the time between now and eternity. I’m talking about changing your life.
I’ve had some incredible adventures. I’ve built chapels and relationships in Brazil. I’ve ministered to the lost of midway at the fair. God demonstrated His incredible presence, love, and power while I was in Paris. I’m continually humbled and amazed with the things God continues to do through me and in me. Today I’m sharing the life changing prayer that made it all happen.
As a new Christian many of my prayers were for protection, heath, and comfort. I prayed prayers of thanks as well. Those are very natural and common things to pray about. Sometimes I’d pray for guidance, for help making decisions. There’s nothing wrong with praying this way, but it wasn’t life changing.
Here’s the secret prayer that so many people are scared to pray.
“God, use me. God, change me. Whatever you have for me, prepare me for it, guide me to it, and lead me through it.”
That’s it. Basically, it’s an echo of one of the most famous prayers of Jesus. “Not my will, but yours.”
But it’s scary. What if God sends me to Africa? What if God wants me to quit my job? What if I’m called to open my home to strangers? Or worse, sell my home entirely? These are the fears that keeps us silent and paralyzed. They keep us ordinary. They keep us distant from the One who knows our heart better than we know ourselves.
I’m not bragging, I’m just telling my story. I’ve done it. I’ve prayed that prayer. I’ve prayed for boldness. I’ve prayed for Him to use me. Any time, any way He wants. And it has been life changing.
I’m not going to guarantee the outcome of praying this way. That’s not up to me. You might not end up in a foreign country. You might not join a ministry that serves people experiencing rock bottom. You may never find yourself talking to a belligerent carnival worker on midway. Oh, but you might.
And wherever this prayer leads you, I DO guarantee that it will lead you into a closer relationship with Him. And that will change your life.