April 10

Dangerous Prayers – Week 1


Dangerous Prayers

Dangerous prayers are those which release control over the situation and invite answers from God that may take us down paths we did not anticipate, want, or even appreciate.  The only thing that makes these prayers dangerous, however, is our own sense of what is right and good.  So, in reality, there is nothing dangerous about handing the reigns to God, who only works good for us… the best for us.  In fact, the only danger is to not offer these prayers.

April 11, 2021 – “Direct My Path”

James 4:1-8a

Quite often, Christians will make plans for their lives and invite God to bless the plans.  What if, before making any plans, we went to God, with complete and open submission to his plan and purpose?  What if, instead of asking God to bless what we want to do, we find out what God is blessing and do that?  “Direct my path”, opens the door of opportunity in our romantic relationships, our career pursuits, our friendships, our business decisions, our recreational activities.  This is a prayer that can unleash God’s goodness in every area of life… if we’re not too scared to pray it.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Matthew 26:42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Matthew 12:46-50 46 While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. 48 But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

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About the speaker

David Langewisch

First and foremost you need to know I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus. I believe my life is fully in him. I feel good about my training to be a pastor. However, my heart's desire is to simply be a servant of Christ, used by him to help people experience fullness of life in him. Sometimes I think I’m smart. Sometimes I think I’m funny. But I count all of this as a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ and being found in him. My favorite book of the Bible is Romans, and if you have to pin me down, my favorite chapter is Romans 8. Personally, I think this matters more than knowing I’m from Minnesota, or that I was graduated from Lutheran schools starting with elementary school. Curiosity might lead you to ask about my wonderful wife, Lynn, and four children, but I would probably exaggerate about their greatness and how helpful would that be? If you really want to know other positions I’ve held, honors I’ve received, etc., you can ask and I will try to remember. But when you walk away from our conversation, this is what I want you to remember about me – I am a sinner who has been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and I believe my life is fully in him. And if, in my contact with you, some of this rubs off on you, and you share the same perspective with greater conviction, I will count it a blessing.

David Langewisch

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