How Dangerous Are Your Prayers?

August 30, 2017

Philippians 2:17-18

17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

CONSIDER THIS

In biblical terms, a drink offering means basically to pour out a cup of wine as an act of worship to God. The worshipper does not drink any of it themselves. It is all poured out as a sign of the victory and the joy of God. In other words, it is a complete sacrifice.

In this letter to the Philippians he is casting a bold vision for us to make a totalizing offer of our lives to Jesus. When he calls for us to have the same mind in us that was in Christ Jesus, this is what he means. The best part is Paul not only calls us to this life, he lives it out before our very eyes.

How do we do this? It begins with praying dangerous prayers and the willingness to have the Holy Spirit bend our lives in the shape of those prayers. The best people to learn from on this are people whose lives have proved it true. What dangerous prayers did they pray? One such person and prayer comes to mind in John Wesley. I want to share an excerpt of a dangerous prayer from his life. It is from his Covenant Service which many traditionally pray on New Year’s Eve or Day. I commend it to us as an every day prayer.

I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee. Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it. And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

THE PRAYER

Abba Father, we thank you for your son, Jesus, whose life was and continues to be the ultimate drink offering. Come Holy Spirit and give me the fullness of him that my life might be poured out for his glory. It is in his name we pray, Amen.

THE QUESTIONS

  1. Does this sound completely unreasonable to you—that your life would be poured out as a drink offering?
  2. What are you afraid of when it comes to making an unconditional offering of your life to God?
  3. What are you afraid of when it comes to not making an unconditional offering of your life to God? Which fear is greater?

P.S. Many of you wrote me yesterday asking for the five questions we use in our New Room Band. I will be sharing those here soon so be on the lookout.

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J.D. Walt, is a Bond Slave of the Lord Jesus Christ. jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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