Prayers That Scare The Crap Out Of You

When I went to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose there was an earthquake in the middle of the movie during an exorcism scene.
Not an earthquake IN the movie.
But at the theater me and Matt were watching it in.
That scared the crap out of me.

There was that time when I got pulled over with about 22 stolen street signs in the back of Brian’s pickup…
That scared the crap out of me.

There was that time when we were T-Boned at 45 miles an hour driving home on New years day 2 years ago. That scared the crap out of me.

But you know what is even scarier than all of that…
A prayer.
This prayer.

“Lord, do whatever You have to do to bring me back into the center of Your will. Amen.”

That my friends is the scariest and most prolific prayer you can pray.
Because some of us are in a place where me must risk some pain, in order for the flame to be reignited in our lives.

So yes.
It may scare the crap out of you.
But what’s waiting on the other side of AMEN is revival as opposed to regret.

Who’s ready to pray this with me?


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  • Rachel

    That sentence scared the shit out of me. I don’t think I’m ready.

    • Yea. I’d run if you’re not ready…

  • Jamin Ortiz

    Word brother! I prayed that last year and had to move to an uncertian place. And now learning to say Amen for it all.

  • david

    I recently payed that, and I am going through the toughest month of my life spiritually. However Gods grace is sooo good.

  • I have prayed that. I prayed at at the start of 2011. My life has been the hardest it’s ever been since that day. I’ve had my entire life broken into little pieces. I’m living where I don’t want to live. I’m working but it doesn’t pay all the bills. I’ve had close friends betray me in ways I would never imagine. I know loneliness I’ve never felt. I had to give up all my hopes and dreams for ministry because they were based on something that was not pure of heart.

    The valley I’m in has seemed never-ending and I don’t know when the land will start to climb upward. If it will. I’m sure God has a plan and I know that I’ve had a lot of bad things cleared out of my life that needed to go. But I’m tired. Discouraged. Waiting for the land to climb.

    • Ren

      That sounds similar to what I’ve been experiencing. It’s rough. Hang in there, God’s going to bring you to the end of the valley. I hope and pray it will come soon.

    • Ann Gardner

      Jason, hang in there! My closest times with God have been when He walks out of that valley with me.

      George Mueller said: “God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hands as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.”

    • Ann, I couldn’t agree with you more, for these trials are times to rejoice; for it is producing perseverance which strengthens our character and our confident hope of salvation (Romans 5:3-4). Jason, hold in there brother, continue to “fight the good fight, for the true faith (1 Timothy 6:12)”, for He is refining your faith as fire refines gold (1 Peter 1:7). Praying for you brother.

    • John

      Jason, brother, it will get better. It’s easy to say keep your head up, but it’s true. I’ll be sure to say a prayer for you too sir. We all need it… Stay strong man and before too long, you’ll be able to post about all the amazing things that are going on in your life.

  • nasma

    yup this scares the heck out of me..but I’ve prayed it before and seen God do the unbelievable. I’m sooo ready to pray it again….amen

  • Kirsten

    I’ve been in a spiritual and financial desert the last 4 years. I recently went on a mission to help Russian post orphans learn life skills. They blessed me more than I could have imagined. I finally feel like I’m back on track spiritually, which is more important than any earthly things. However, teaching them skills over there, has inspired me to teach here, so I am praying that God will bless me with a new vocation also. USE ME GOD! Amen.

  • heather

    yeah that gave me chills….

  • Jessica

    “Lord make me uncomfortable, that I may always be ready for your will”. …after studying Platt’s Radical; yea that shook my world!

  • L.

    I’m ready, and I’m trying not to load it with all the “ifs, ands, and buts” that I usually put in: “Dear Lord, let’s just keep this between the two of us. Please show me your will, but don’t let anything bad happen at work, etc.” If only God would just e-nmail me a to-do list, life would be so much easier.

  • Sweet Nana

    This is funny!!! lol.. But oh so true.. it is scary to let go of ourselves and let God but its the best prayer you could ever pray! There is unbelievable joy after the amen.. 🙂

  • Clay

    I prayed that ten years ago and my life came apart at the seams. But God put me back together in a much better way – until I messed it all up again.

    So, I’ve prayed it countless times since. God is incredibly patient and He doesn’t mind fixing broken vessels.

    I was saved that first time. And He has been pulling me from the pit ever since.

  • Hey Los, prayed it. Naked. On the floor of my bathroom. Weeping.

    That was about 3.5 years ago. Two years ago He fired me from a church building. 2 months after I got married there.

    Then He taught me another perspective of prayer.

    Thanks for reppin Christ the way you do. I’ve seen a lot of mic’s and a lot of voices speaking into them. My brother, may His Purpose shine bright to you. May you experience Christ tangibly so that His whisper draws you on the path He has set out for you.

    :: The Prayer Myth –

  • Shogun

    I made that prayer twice. Once, I asked God to break me and mold me… boy, did my life go through “hell” to meet Him the first time around :p

    Second time was more recent – I was going through a lot of hardship in my life (Some are still going on). One was an obstacle in a new bright potential relationship with a great gal. Fast forward a month or so, I realized that my walk with Christ has been steadily in decline. I put my life on cruise-control for a while because of all stress and scenarios in my life. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know what I could do. No motivation to sit through QTs, or read the Bible like before. I prayed to God that He’ll help me get back to Him. I wanted to go back to Him, but I didn’t think it through on what I was praying…

    It’s a week after. the girl just broke up with me. I’m very scared what else God will have me go through.

    Sorry for whinning, but that is one powerful and scary prayer.

  • Steve

    I’m in. God help me…

  • Let it be.

  • I am there…doing that…wild ride…I AM has got it covered…

  • MJT

    Simple to say, difficult to live.

  • Just what is God gonna do? He may strip you of everything you have known to be central to your life, but you can be sure He will pack it our with more of Him than you could have ever dreamed you would be able to hold. Pray it–Christ is gain and everything else is loss!

  • From atheist to believer

    I prayed something similar 7 years ago when I was pregnant w/our 1st child. God answered my prayer in a huge way about 6-7 months later…in a way that I never would have imagined. There was no denial about it – God works with us in a big big way.

    Fairly recently, I was stupidly watching 1 of those ghost hunter shows (there are a million of them on TV now). I remember thinking, “I shouldn’t be watching this. There is nothing to do with Christ about this TV show.” That night, I awoke with a startle from a dream. God Himself spoke to me in the dream and distinctly said, “You need to stop watching that stuff. Right now.”

    So when the Holy Spirit talks to you, you follow what it says. Haven’t watched 1 of those shows since. It’s been 3 months since this happened.

  • At least when you pray this, it gives a ring of hope as well.
    When we go through suffering it is rough. Any story in the bible could give you an ample amount of suffering, such as Job, but it is with this prayer that you ignite a passion, and with the suffering comes the deep knowledge that God is with you.
    Whereas if you don’t pray this, and you suffer anyhow, or even don’t, you walk alone, and that ‘scares the crap out of me’. Much like Saul after Samuel left him, and when the voice of God would not speak to him, to be that alone, that would indeed be scary.

  • Just went through two weeks of stress filled hell because of praying along some similar lines. Worth it though.

  • I’ve been saying this prayer more and more lately, taking those leaps of faith. SO scary, but SO worth it.

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  • John

    I’m begging this prayer, every single day, on my knees, literally begging for God to take me and do what he will. Feeling lost and broken is no way to live. “Take my life and let it be all for You and for Your glory. Take my life and let it be Yours!”

    Now doing my best to open my heart and allow Him to answer. Thanks for being an inspiration Los.

  • My devotions begin with this prayer in the Wesleyan tradition:

    I am no longer my own, but yours.
    Put me to what you will; put me with whom you will.
    Put me to doing; put me to suffering.
    Let me be employed by you or laid aside for you.
    Let me be exalted for you, or laid low for you.
    Let me be full; let me be empty.
    Let me have all things; let me have nothing.
    I freely and heartily yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.
    And now, blessed and glorious God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–you are mine and I am yours.
    So be it.
    May this covenant that I make on Earth be ratified in Heaven.

    (It’s the “So be it.” which is the spiritual gut punch for me).

  • Yep. Pretty much. I was nervous about praying that way before, and then my daughter died before she was born. That made me REALLY scared. But it’s slowly getting better. Because I realized that not praying that way didn’t save my daughter. And maybe if I had prayed that way before she died, even if she still died, I would have been made better. Besides, having lived through this terrible, terrible, terrible thing that I hate (that has convinced me of the reality of sin and the badness of death), I have experienced how faithfully God has taken care of me, even in the midst of utter pain. So, yep. This prayer still scares me. But I’ve learned the hard way that not praying it doesn’t necessarily save you any pain. Don’t know if that makes sense…just my $0.02. <3