Keep Us Safe?

I first came across this line of thinking when I heard Louie Giglio speak on Prayer.  It challenged me then, and it challenged me again this morning when I read Todd’s MMI post:

Haven’t we all prayed the following prayer?  Lord, we pray for safety as we travel.  We ask that no one gets hurt on this trip.  Please keep everyone safe until we return, and bring us back safely.  In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.  The exact wording may vary a bit, but that is the standard prayer we recite before leaving on mission trips, retreats, vacations, and business trips.

We are consumed by safety.  Obsessed with it, actually.  Now, I’m not saying it is wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questing how we’ve made safety our highest priority.  We’ve elevated safety to the neglect of whatever God’s best is, whatever would bring God the most glory, or whatever would accomplish His purposes in our lives and in the world.

Would you be willing to prayer this prayer?  God, bring me closer to You during this trip, whatever it takes…

– Francis Chan (From his book Crazy Love)

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by lindsayjean on October 7, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    You know… I’ve lived safely for a while now.. and God is thrusting me into this unknown journey.. and for the first time I don’t feel so safe.

    But I’ve never felt more alive in Christ. I’ve never been so intrigued by who God is. I’ve never felt so unprepared, but I’ve also never felt so much peace.

    Yes my friend.. it does suck 🙂

    But I could not be more excited.

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