Blessings

The blessing quoted above is becoming a popular saying these days, and is well suited for those who love their comfort zone.

Now compare that to a really dangerous prayer, one you best not pray unless you are totally serious with God. It goes like this:

Lord, judge me, strictly, and correct me severely, so I may serve you perfectly.

Did you say ouch?

Well we're going to build on this idea and offer some scriptural prayers of blessing. These will be based on our own end time prophetic vision; dangerous radical prayers. We will include scripture references with each one, ones that form the basis of each prayer.

In a previous article of mine, The Stumbling Block, I spoke of how the bible has over 40 some verses that detail promises to those who will follow Jesus. They are promises of persecution, suffering and martyrdom. We will lay out some dangerous radical prayers that fall under each of these headings. But first let's start with something relatively tame; and then give some of a more generic nature. Here goes!

May you never walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. But let your delight be in the law of the LORD; in which you meditate day and night. And may you be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bring forth fruit in his season; whose leaf does not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper. [Psalms 1:1-3]

May you trust in the Lord with all your heart and not depend on your own ability or understanding. May you acknowledge him in everything you do, letting him direct you in all things. May you not be wise in your own eyes, but fear the Lord and depart from evil. [Proverbs 3:5-7]

Now one not so tame:

May you be willing in the day of His power. [Psalms 110:3]

Willing to do what? What ever the Lord will command! [John 2:5]

May you be conformed to the image of Christ. [Romans 8:29]

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: That the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened; so that you may know the hope of his calling, and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, [Ephesians 1:17-19]

May God grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:16-19]

May you be poor in spirit, mournful and meek. May you hunger and thirst after the kingdom of God, and it's righteousness. May you always be a peacemaker, merciful, and pure in heart. [Matthew 5:3-9, Matthew 6:33]

May you be hidden in Him in the day of his anger. [Zephaniah 2:3]

May you mature and grow up into the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God. May you come unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: That you will thereafter not be as a child, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; so that you may put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. [Ephesians 4: 13-15; 23-24] May you be clothed with righteousness. Psalms [132:9, 16]

May you put away childish things as you mature. [1 Corinthians 13:11]

May you behold how pleasant it is to dwell in unity and receive the blessing of life for evermore. [Psalms 133:1-3]

May you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, putting on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [Ephesians 6:10-13]

May the Spirit fall upon you and make you into another person. [1 Samuel 10:6-7] Persecution

May you be persecuted for righteousness' sake. May men hate, revile, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for Jesus' sake knowing that he who endures to the end shall be saved. [Matthew 5:3-11 Mark 13:13].

May you be troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [2 Corinthians 4:8-9]

May you count it all joy when you fall into various temptations knowing that the trying of your faith works patience. Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. [James 1:2-4]

May you consider the things of this world as trash and waste for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus. And may you know him, the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; [Philippians 3:8-10]

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