THE REFUGE BLOG: Use me!
By Bill Butler
Rick Warren spoke at Liberty University last year. For those who don’t know, Liberty is the University that I just recently graduated from, so I often review videos of on campus speakers. In his speech Warren dared the students to pray a simple prayer:
“The most dangerous prayer you will ever pray, it’s only two words; ‘Use me!’ I dare you to pray it!”
Are you ready to ask Jesus to do this? Are you afraid where it will lead you?
This prayer has biblical support too. Although Warren did not quote the book of Isaiah in his speech, it was clearly an inspiration for the prayer:
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8 NIV)
Isaiah was offering himself to God to do His will. Have you done this?
Are you helping the needy, even if you consider yourself needy? What about widows and orphans? God made a point of mentioning them when His Holy Spirit inspired the Bible: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27 NIV)
In the book of Matthew, Jesus sent a message about the gospel and the poor to John the Baptist: “Jesus replied, ‘Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.’” Jesus made a point of reaching out to the poor.
Maybe God wants you to help those in need, or maybe he wants you to step up in ministry. How can you know? Pray the most dangerous prayer you will ever pray… “USE ME!” Amazing things will come out of it, if you are brave enough to make it happen.