I would like to pray for courage. I need courage from God.
I would like to pray for clarity. I need clarity from God.
I would like to pray for conclusion. I need conclusion from God.
So, for the next three blogs, these are the themes I would like to address.
Let’s start with courage.
Why do I want to pray for courage? Simply put, I am a coward. That’s right, a coward. I realize most men would not admit to being a coward because for a male that is the last thing you want to be known for. Yet, I think most of us would say there is a cowardly streak in all of us. Let’s define courage.
Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
That is how I pray:
I pray for courage so I am able to face my fears. One of my fears is that I will end my life in failure. I think most people who fear failure are overachievers. They want to get ahead, be successful, and say at the end of their lives, “I did it my way, and I won.”
Unfortunately, that is not God’s way. He tells us if we lose our lives for Him, we will gain our lives and succeed.
Matthew 10:39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
This is what I pray for … that I would have the courage to give up my life for His, and gain everything He promises to those who sacrifice for Him. Yet, as you know, it is hard to say that I will not pursue anything I want to pursue because it does not fit into what God wants for me. I feel that takes great courage.
I also pray for courage because of my cowardly attitude in standing for the Gospel in all aspects of my life. I am fine with my church and related ministries crowd, but I am less fine when I am dealing with the secular crowd on the committees where I serve. I am more about giving a perspective that borders on the conservative viewpoint than the other members on the committee … but it is not the message of the Gospel.
I realize that being Gospel-oriented is subject to the climate you find yourself in, but it does bother me when the homosexual or social justice agenda can be easily talked about without pushback, and, in fact, it is ninety-five percent embraced. Yet, talk about the issues of life that have more of an eternity bias to it would create a hostile reaction.
So, I pray for courage. I pray that I could react in the same manner that Jesus would if He were sitting on a Zoom call with people who want to fix the world but are doing so in a manner that focuses on ourselves. I want courage not to back away, or to be silent, or take on a cowardly approach to those who do not accept my worldview. I want to have the courage to stand my ground to defend that worldview without apology or without the fear of being rejected or ridiculed for it. As for everyone around me in culture, why is it that I have to accept their narrative for how life should be live, and my narrative rejected simply because it believes in God?
I ask God to give me the courage to stand and say no to our culture and give me the ability to counter the claims we hear all the time around us. I personally believe that God is still the most important element in life, and everyone who rejects Him will be rejected someday when they face Him in judgment. A person can argue what they want against my point of view, however, someday everyone will die. The Bible tells us plainly, that once you die, then comes the judgment. What judgment is that? It is the judgment of God asking you why did you reject Jesus Christ:
John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
These are the most powerful words on earth. Nothing comes close to the meaning of these words.
I am praying and asking God to take all my cowardice away from me and, in its place, He would give me a spirit of courage, clarity, and conclusion.
I will deal with clarity and conclusion in the next two blogs.
I hope I have captured your interest today in asking God for the courage to enable you to be the best witness you can now. There is a day coming when our Biblical worldview will not be seen as anything positive for the world that is developing around us. There is coming a day when the night will not allow us to be the light. Remember the words of Jesus:
John 9:4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.
Let us pray today for the courage we need from God to be the witness of light against the darkness of the night in our day.
Challenging the Culture with Truth … Larry Kutzler