God slapped me around with this question last night: “Are your actions a reflection of your prayer life?” Ouch! This hurt because it made me realize praying safe leads to playing it safe.
As I read 1 Kings 17:1 I was struck by the boldness of Elijah’s action, “Now Elijah said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Is Elijah nuts? He walks up to the most wicked King Israel had ever seen and announces a drought. But that’s not all. He boldly proclaims this drought will not end until he says it will end. Wow, that is some pretty gutsy behavior.
But notice his bold actions were preceeded by some bold prayer. Apparently Elijah had taken all of Ahab’s wicknedness that he could take. Knowing God had told Israel if they fell into idolatry He would withhold rain, Elijah prayed for God to hold true to His Word and display His power (Dt. 11:16-17). James tells us, “Elijah … prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (James 5:16-18)
Elijah was able to act boldly because he prayed boldly. His actions were simply a reflection of his prayers. Here are a couple of dangerous prayers I am praying for our church…
- That God will catalyze an unstoppable movement among our leaders to recognize, recruit and raise up new and next generation leaders resulting in a rich leadership culture at Seacoast.
- That God will mobilize 10,000 people into mission each one connecting deeply with a cause that moves their hearts, allowing us to increase Seacoast Global impact for the Kingdom.
What are your dangerous prayers? Write them down, keep them in front of you and watch God suprise you.