Praying for Safety and Other More Important Things

I promise that this blog won’t consist of merely my quoting from books and biographies. Although most of those guys are better worth your reading time, I will eventually post information about what I’m seeing and learning in Madagascar. That’s just a few days away. In the meantime, I want to share a few words from a book that I’ve been reading.

The title of the book is Crazy Love, written by a pastor named Francis Chan. Something he wrote made me think of a prayer request I often unthinkingly ask for during this trip. The excerpt below comes from a section called “Risk Takers” on page 131.

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’s wrong to pray for God’s protection, but I am questioning 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 pray this prayer? God bring me closer to you during this trip, whatever it takes…

People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom…than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress.

(Until Friday, you can download the entire audio book for free from Christian Audio. It’s worth the few minutes you may snatch listening to it during a commute or exercise time. Obviously, the fact that God has used this book to convict and motivate me does not mean that I wholeheartedly agree with Francis Chan, Cornerstone Church, or the book. But you probably already knew that.).

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