As you think about your friend today, can you recall any times of them taking risks in their life to do something they thought was worth doing?
David took a risk to protect his sheep from a bear, and survived. It gave him confidence to do the same again, this time from a lion. His confidence built up to challenge a giant warrior, and finally, to challenge the enemies of his country with fierceness and love for his people.
Before God leads us to the higher-stakes challenges of our lives, he prepares us at a lower level of risk. Perhaps the risks we see our friends taking, or that we know about in their past, show us something of the greater challenges up ahead. Did they ever risk all to form a relationship? Did they ever stand up to some injustice as a kid? Did they ever organize something small that could be beginnings of a broader calling to carry out larger visions? Notice any patterns that might be emerging, and encourage your friend, blessing them for the risks they have taken that could grow and larger things in their life.
For an introduction to this Prayer Challenge go here.
For other day’s meditations go here.
For the teaching leading up to this Prayer Challenge see the “Why On Earth: David, calling and the pursuit of God” series.