A Prayer for Dangerous Women

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I vividly remember reading a challenging article written by Lynne Hybels. At the end of it she invited us to pray with her that we would become dangerous women. I joined her in this prayer and found every word within it, stirred me to the core.

Dear God,

Please make us dangerous women.
May we be women who acknowledge our power to change,
 and grow, and be radically alive for God.
May we be healers of wounds and righters of wrongs …

… May we strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world.
May we dismantle abusive systems and silence lies with truth.
May we shine like stars in a darkened generation.
May we overflow with goodness in the name of God and by the power of Jesus.
And in that name and by that power, may we change the world.
Dear God, please make us dangerous women.



Amen.

(Read the whole prayer here.)

I truly long to be a woman who is never content to play it safe when it comes to playing my part in this world that God has called me to serve. But I would be lying to you if I told you that I love a sense of danger, challenge or big adventure. My happy place is the comfort of home surrounded by people who know me and love me and accept me with all my inadequacies and idiosyncrasies. I don’t like the feeling at all of being afraid. I have never in my life watched a scary horror movie, nor do I ever want to in the future.

I have never travelled to unsafe places without great assurance that someone was waiting on the other side to walk with me every step of the way. I’ve rarely taken a physical risk where I haven’t felt assured of a safe outcome. My default has always been to play it safe. I admire but don’t understand people who thrill at climbing Mt. Everest, swimming with great white sharks or chasing tornados. I don’t get journalists who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to get a story.

And yet there have been many times I’ve heard the Spirit beckoning me to “walk on the water” with Him into the unknown, times where I know for certain if God doesn’t come through for me, I will definitely drown. Living in this way seems dangerous and scary at times and yet my heart thrills to this kind of existence.

I love the song “Oceans”–the lyrics resonate so strongly every time I hear them:

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise my soul will rest in your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

(Hillsong Music)

Living on the edge with Jesus is the only real way to live this life. This is what it looks like for me:

  • My heart is fully engaged, though it may be trembling
  • My ears are open and listening for the cry of the oppressed and suffering
  • My hands are ready for battle and willing to engage the task that is waiting for me
  • My is mouth open, speaking truth and praying for those who need me to intercede on their behalf
  • I’m putting my hand up for whatever assignment God calls me to
  • I’ll never settle for a comfortable place when there are lives that need me to rise up and become dangerous on their behalf
  • I’m challenging the spirit of apathy and indifference with resolve and complete conviction
  • I’m confronting what’s wrong and turning this world right-side-up for Jesus

God, I pray make that You make us dangerous women who want to make a difference in this world.

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

[You can listen to “Oceans” here.]

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