How DesperateJanuary 19, 2018
Desperation is not highly regarded in our Americana DNA. In fact in a lot of areas, desperation is considered a weakness. Advice is given that tells us not to look too desperate during a job interview, on a first date, or at the car dealer. Because in those situations, desperation can end up hurting your chances of acquiring what’s best. Few of us want to settle for second or third simply because we were perceived to be too desperate.
There is one area where desperation is a good thing – Prayer. When was the last time you spent some time in desperate prayer? Unfortunately a lot of our prayers can be compared to the oft-repeated child’s prayer of “God is Great, God is Good, let us thank Him for our food.” I am not knocking the theology of the prayer, but this can’t cut it when our heart is heavy. Those circumstances that no experience or college class has prepared you for. It’s these situations that make us desire to spend time in prayer and need to hear from God in a big way.
Desperate prayer is good for us because it takes me out of the situation. I can claim no credit and am required to admit that the issue at hand is beyond my ability. In Genesis 12-15, God promises Abram and Sarai a child. It took several years for the promise to be fulfilled. During the “delay” God was growing the future parents and moving them to realize this was God working in their lives.
In 2018, don’t be afraid of desperate prayer. God hears the desperate cry of His children (Psalm 34:17-18). He hears and responds to this. We need God to do a great work in our lives, our church, and our community. Will you pray desperately with me for this? When you do, you’ll never regret it.
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