Can prayer be dangerous?
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; ~ Colossians 4:2 NASB
Depends on how you define ‘dangerous’, I think. If it is defined as ‘risky’ then it’s a resounding “YES!” If it is defined as ‘doing harm’ then it’s a resounding “YES!”
I once told my pastor that after all that I had been through, after all God had taught me, that I was absolutely “along for the ride, God.” He smiled and said, “that’s a dangerous prayer.”
He was right.
It’s risky from a human standpoint because most of us don’t really think we can give up our moments to be ready to be used, or we don’t think we are capable of being used, or that we aren’t good enough to be used.
I’ve got three words for those three thoughts of doubt:
Moses told God outright “I can’t even speak.” But he was willing to risk it all and lives were saved.
Rahab was a prostitute. But she was willing to risk it all and lives were saved.
Paul gave up his life, his days, his moments to always be ready to be used. But he was willing to risk it all and lives have been saved.
So I decided… I’ve got only this moment. Risk it! Be willing. I’m living for His plan or I’m not living.
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. ~ 1 John 4:4 NASB
I love that He calls us “children”. We are dear to Him so we know we can trust Him.
And if we go by that second definition – doing harm – then I’m ready! Let’s tell God we are ready to be used and do some harm to sin and hatred and the enemy.
The battle is already won. We just need to live it out.