Give Me Courage

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,  to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

courage stoneThis prayer has been a great encouragement to me ever since I first read it. I thought I would share it with you. You may have seen it before, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of what it takes to walk victoriously. Warning! This is a dangerous prayer to pray. Think twice before you pray it. Yes, it’s dangerous but the rewards are overwhelming! — The Mad Preacher

God, give me courage; courage to stand, to play, to go the distance, pay the price, take the risk and take the flack. Give me courage to live by truth instead of what’s easy, to place principle above popularity, conviction above convenience and right above recognition.

God, give me courage to be confident in the face of criticism, brave in the midst of barrage, assured in the onslaught of attack, dedicated at the time of decision and focused in the moment of fire. Give me courage to say “No!” when all others are saying “Yes”; courage to follow when the majority scatters; courage to keep marching when the rest are meandering; courage to go when the crowd stays; courage to walk when others just talk; courage to hope when many just cope; courage to contend when others pretend; courage to shout when most just doubt; courage to stay the course, hold the line, finish the race, complete the journey and never cave in.

God, give me courage to be the maverick, to set the pace, to carry the torch, to be called the fool, to be laughed at, scorned, ridiculed, hated, written off, abused or ignored. But let that courage keep me at my post, lifting high your truth, Your standard, your WORD and your promise! Give me courage to not jump ship, bail out, run away, be intimidated, forsake the call, cave in, compromise, cow-tow or run.

God, give me courage to dream big dreams, see large visions, plow new ground, chart new courses, sail new seas and set new records. Give me courage to put character above compromise, purity above popularity, resolve above what’s applicable, passion above pleasure and faithfulness above flippancy?

God, give me courage to think your thoughts, obey your commands, follow your path, take the guff, suffer the loss, carry your cross and be your faithful disciple clear to the end.

Amen

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