We’ve all heard the phrase, “desperate times call for desperate measures.” I don’t think that you have to look far to realize that we are living in desperate times. We have an economy on the verge of collapse, Ebola scares, threats of terrorism, talk of war, unprecedented natural disasters, and so on. Many times this is not reflected in the prayers that we pray. We tend to keep it “safe” because we don’t want anyone to have to pay a price or go through hard times. We are in such an unprecedented time in history that it is time to be bold and step out of our “comfort zones.”
Because of the times that we live in, I find myself praying desperate dangerous prayers. I have several family members who are not saved so I’m to the point that I have to let go of any of my ideas and agenda. I find myself saying to the Lord, whatever it takes. That is a dangerous prayer. That is me having to let go of control of the situation and asking God to allow whatever hardship or pain in their lives to draw them to Himself. As someone who loves them, naturally I don’t ever want to see any harm or hardship come to them. Instead, I’ve gotten to a place of such desperation (knowing the times in which we live and how late it really is) that I would rather see them suffer here on earth if the outcome is eternal life. The time for safe prayers is over and they need to be replaced with the cry of bold desperation. When you get to a place of sheer desperation, all human agendas and control goes out the window.
All throughout the scriptures we see examples of people who cried out desperately to God because they found themselves in desperate situations. In their desperation they were able to set their agendas aside and allow God to do whatever His will would be:
Be like Jacob and refuse to let go. He wrestled with God and prevailed (Gen 32: 27-28). He was desperate for a touch from the Lord.
Hannah in I Samuel 1:10-11, “And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head (KJV). Hannah was desperate for a child so much that she was willing to let go of her plans for that child and give him (his future) over to the Lord.
The Children of Israel in bondage “And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage” Exodus 2:23 (KJV). Little did they know the process (or wilderness) that this would take them through before getting to the Promised Land. All they knew is that they were desperate to be free from the bondage of Egypt.
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46), cried out desperately to God the Father asking that the cup would pass from Him. This was His fleshly desire, but He knew that the eternal fate of mankind rested upon His obedience to the Father, so He cried out for God’s will to be done.
When is the last time you cried out desperately to God, putting all else aside? He responds to the heartfelt cries of His children. There is no more time to pray the bless me and mine prayers of yesterday. It’s time to fall on our faces before God and wail and mourn for those who are lost and birth them into the kingdom. It’s time for us to wrestle with God and refuse to let to. It’s so much later than most of us think.
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