Dare You To Pray ThisDare You to Pray This . . .
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me—Psalm 51:10-11
In the aftermath of adultery and murder, King David pleaded with God. He begged God not to cut him off (Psalm 51:11). You see, David had experienced what it’s like to know God, what it’s like to spend time with him, to listen to him and trust him, to love and be loved by him—and he dreaded losing that closeness and goodness and truth. So, in desperation, he invited God to do something new in him. He invited God to rebuild his heart, in any way he’d like (Psalm 51:10). He gave himself up. He gave himself over . . . to whatever work, whatever journey, whatever adventure God might have for him. He decided to trust God more than he trusted himself.
How about we do that too? We may or may not be guilty of adultery or murder, but we’re all sinners. We all carry sin’s taint. “If we say that we have no sin . . . the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). So, how about we too invite God to do something new in us? How about we too give ourselves over to whatever work, whatever journey, whatever adventure God might have for each of us? And, how about we do it, as men, together? We’ll be better for it—God’s brilliant, he’s good, and he loves us. Might it be scary? Sure, it might. Might it be a little painful even? Sure, it might. Will it be one of the best things we ever do? Absolutely, it will.
Okay, so what do we do?
Pray this right now:
“Do a new work in me, God. You’re brilliant and good, and you love me. So, do whatever you’d like. And, whatever it is, I’m in. I’ll trust you more than I trust myself.”