As a Christian, I’m a firm believer in the power of our prayers but there is one particular prayer that I am fearful of uttering.
Sure, I pray for the health and protection of my family, revival in my country, growth for my church and things like that but after hearing the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United I was struck with a specific prayer request.
Here’s the full song and if you haven’t heard it, go ahead and spend about 7 minutes listening to the gifted Taya Smith:
Here are the verses that I can’t seem to stop thinking about:
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”
“Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me”
“Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander”
“And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior”
Are you ready to pray for God to take you to a place where your trust in Him is so great that you surrender your life totally to Him?
Are you ready for God to take you to a place where you would NEVER willingly go?
Think back to those in Scripture that exemplified this description of willingly turning over their entire life to God.
Saul, originally a persecutor of Christians, became the Apostle Paul and was eventually executed for following Jesus.
Moses, Jonah and Jeremiah had the unfortunate tasks of speaking truth to power in following the will of God and they hardly led lives of comfort.
All but 2 of the original 12 Disciples ended up being executed for their insistence on preaching the Gospel.
And we don’t have to look to biblical times to see examples of people turning their lives over to Christ. We don’t just have folks like Martin Luther and Mother Theresa, I bet you can name several people that you know personally who have answered the call and given their lives over to Christ fully. I would bet that you’d tell me they didn’t lead a life of leisure and comfort but instead lived a life of persecution.
Of course we are commanded to follow God’s will and there is plenty of scripture to back that up:
“I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.” – Psalms 40:8
“Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” – Psalms 143:10
“Your kingdom come Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10
But I’m still scared to utter this prayer.
Does that make me a bad Christian for not wanting to do what God would have me to do?
Maybe, but I think if you aren’t even a little bit scared to ask God to take over your life completely then you don’t fully comprehend the power God has to transform your life.
This song has been added to our praise on Sunday services. Our pastor has talked about this ‘walking into the deep’ with trust in Jesus, growing our faith and relationship with God.
I believe the will of God is our own obedience to Him.
Sometimes it’s very hard and this one is a very difficult one to follow. I have tentatively prayed this prayer but am I fully commmitted? To be honest, still not so sure.