Living in Faith and Dangerous Prayers

What does it mean to ask the Holy Spirit to lead you where your trust is without borders? Have you listened to the song Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong?

In an evening worship gathering, in a small group, we sang this song. It always moves me, but this one time was different…

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

So I just asked the question out loud.

“Where does God need to lead me that my trust will be without borders? What does that mean for me? What does that mean for you?”

Silence.

“Can we pray this?” I asked. “Can we just ask God to show us what this means and invite Him to do it?”

The small group leader leaned back and let his breath out deliberately. “Whewww,” like the room had gotten hot. “Be careful what you pray,” he said. “That’s a dangerous prayer.”

Is it?

When I hear this song I think of Peter getting out of the boat to walk on water to get to Jesus. (Matt 14:22-33) “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” So Jesus responded by telling him, “Come.” When Peter’s eyes were on Jesus, he kept his footing. When he took his eyes off of Jesus to look at the wind, he began to sink.

Peter’s weakness just emphasized Christ’s strength as Jesus took hold of him and brought him safely to the boat. “You of little faith, why did you doubt?

It sounds a lot like an another encounter that the disciples had with Jesus. Early in his ministry, before Matthew had even been called, Jesus fell asleep in a boat with his disciples. In the middle of a storm, they woke him, “Save us, Lord, we are perishing!” His response was so similar. Jesus asked them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then he rebuked the wind and the sea and it became perfectly calm.

I used to look at the part where Jesus said, “you of little faith,” and see a rebuke. But Jesus rebuked the storm, not his disciples. I see him saying, “you of little faith,” and rubbing his hands together at the opportunity to show them great and marvelous things they never knew. I see them wide eyed in wonder as they declared, ” What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” And again when Jesus walked Peter across the waves to the boat,“You are certainly God’s son!”

I used to focus on the waves, but it’s the wind that creates the waves, and the wind that aroused the disciples’ fear.

God knows our weaknesses. He knows His strength. He knows our limitations. And He knows our hearts.

I think when we ask God to show us what it means to lead us where our trust is without borders, He comes to us and says that He will help us to see like children. He invites us, one step at a time, into a deeper relationship with Him; A relationship where, as we come to greater knowledge of who He is, and He demonstrates his power in our lives, our belief explodes. We say, like children, I’m going to jump off of this platform and it’s going to be so great because I know you’re going to catch me!

Ready, set, go! And he catches us. Then he backs up a step and says, “Lets do it again.”

When the faith rises in the room, the Holy Spirit says, “I want to do more. There’s faith for it. Let’s do it.”

Will you pray this with me?

Lord, show us how you want to move in our lives. Thank you that you are patient with us, like children. Give us the desire to go into the waves with you. Show us how the wind is without power when you are given control in our lives. Give us a way to believe you for more. Make us like Peter, whose actions said, “I am for the Lord, and the Lord is for me.” Make rainbows in our storms. Expand our borders. Hem us in and catch us when our focus fails. You never fail.

Amen.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.

Jeremiah 33:3

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