Dangerous Prayers (Wk 1): “Search Me”

DANGEROUS PRAYERS—1 SEARCH ME

Early in year—Help empower you with 3 prayers Not Safe, Easy, Benign, or Expected prayers Dangerous—Good way

So much of what we pray: Generic, Predictable, Safe. Be with me—Safe. Protect us—Safe. Bless me—Safe.

—————————————————————————————— Search me—Break me—Send me.
Challenging to pray—Potential to redirect your life ——————————————————————————————

David facing persecution by enemies of God—Claimed he wasn’t faithful.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24 [Read aloud]

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1) SEARCH MY HEART.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart… Ps 139:23a
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately

wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jer 17:9 NLT We are liars. How many of you tell lies?

Most common lies are the ones we tell ourselves. (Deceive—Deception)

I don’t eat that much * Not materialistic—Nice * Don’t have anger prob Not gossip: Prayer * Not critical—idiot * Lust—appreciate nice physique

High School—President of MYF—Methodist Youth Fellowship! Youth pastor—Search your heart—Usually 4 square or Truth/Dare.

I’m a fake! Izod—Didn’t know X—Shake it off!

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2) REVEAL MY FEARS.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Ps 139:23

What makes you anxious? Afraid of? Not talking: Snakes, Spiders, Shower curtain

Not getting married—Stuck in a bad marriage—Rejection Failure—Success—Intimacy—Unknown—Loss

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• What we fear the most reveals where we trust God the least.

Losing marriage—Don’t trust God.
Something happening to a child—Not trusting God w/children Not having enough—Not my provider.

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Fear failing! Letting people down—Inadequate.

Love pleasing God more than I fear failing.

No fear in love—Perfect love casts out all fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear.

3) UNCOVER MY SINS.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me…. Ps 139:24

Hard to see—Driving side of road ——————————————————————————————

• What are others trying to tell me? (More than 2 people)
• What have I rationalized for some time? (Handle, Cope, Hurting) • Where am I most defensive?

Pride, Materialistic, Lust, Addiction, Gossip, Critical spirit, Disobeying Craig—you’re being crude—You’re being prude.

Would you pray?

Search me. Reveal fears. Uncover my sins.

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4) LEAD ME.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24

Fake—Fear of letting people down—Crude!

More concerned w/what people thought of me—what God thought of me.

—————————————————————————————— Stop lying to yourself. Denying the truth doesn’t change the facts.

Whatever you discover—reveals your need for X in that area!

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24

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