How do you pray? Craig Groeschel in his book ‘IT’ challenges churches and their leaders to maintain spiritual balance in their lives that result in healthy and growing churches. In his final chapter he identifies three things we should pray for if we want ‘it’.
The first thing he prays for is that God will stretch him. This is daring to believe that there is more in you than you know, and that God can do more through you than you believe. The prayer for God to stretch you is a dangerous prayer, because it is asking God to take you out of your comfort zone, and use you in ways that you would not have considered before.
The second request is that God would ruin him. This is asking God to help you see the world the way he does. This includes things like getting upset about injustice, grieving sin, or feeling compassion for others. This is asking God to change you so that you will no longer be comfortable with the pain and brokenness of our world.
Groeschel’s final pray is that God would heal him. This is not that he would be healed of the pain caused by his prayer to be ruined, but that he would be more whole. That he would live more and more in sync with God. That the sin which he so easily succumbs to in his life will be conquered, and whilst he may not be perfect, that his character would simply be more like Jesus.
How do you pray?
Maybe this week you could echo the simple prayer of Craig Groeschel. Ask God to stretch you, ruin you and heal you, so that you will have ‘it’, a healthy spiritual balance in your life.