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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)

TITLE: Not an Easy Prayer
By Lillian Rhoades
05/09/13


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Not an Easy Prayer

Father,

Let me not shrink from placing my hopes and dreams on the hot coals of surrender and watch them sizzle and evaporate. If that’s what You demand of me, I will not try to put out the flames.

Help me to run from any thought of avoiding the fiery trials that purify my soul. Remove my every desire to search for a way out. May obedience consume me.

Give me the grace to cast my fleshy desires into infinity’s blazing furnace, to listen to the crackle and pop of pride and discontent as they shrivel under fire; and rejoice in hearing You say, “Well done.” Show me how to throw my anxieties and resentments onto the altar of sacrifice and let the flames burn away their influence in my life.

Teach me how to transform the stones that I would throw at others into flints of fire that reduce my unforgiving spirit to smoldering ashes. Let me take Your hand and walk boldly into the Refiner’s fire where I am changed from what I am to what You want me to be.

No fire escapes, Lord, until I am as pure gold.


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Cheryl Harrison 05/10/13
Refiner's fire. Wow. I will remember this for a long time. Thank you for the blessing.
Noel Mitaxa 05/10/13
My first thought was "Oh no, not another 'I am a worthless worm' approach to being spiritual," but like Cheryl, I love how you have wrapped up by emphasising the drama of the Refiner's fire.
lynn gipson 05/11/13
Absolutely beautiful. I read it three times, and it brought tears to my eyes. Excellent. What tremendous words you write.

Blessings, Lynn
Vince Martella05/12/13
A difficult prayer indeed - may we all have the courage to pray it and be transformed.
Cinda Carter05/12/13
There are no words to express what you have written here. It's a dynamic prayer and one that humbles the heart to the point of saying as Jesus did, "Not my will Lord, but Your will be done"...I do believe that was the hardest prayer Jesus ever prayed because He new what was to come. I pray God gives me the same spirit within me to be able to say this prayer you have written. I felt it was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thank you...
Judith Gayle Smith05/12/13
Masterful! Thank you for writing my heart . . .
CD Swanson 05/12/13
Prolific, powerful, beautiful, cleansing. You managed to bring forth a prayer that every Christian should be saying, with sincerity while genuflecting. This was clearly inspired by the Spirit, I felt the anointing from this epic entry.

Thank you. A winner in my eyes!

God Bless~
Christina Banks 05/12/13
The refiners fire. Nicely done.
Bea Edwards 05/15/13
Magnificent prayer and a life altering desire. I printed it out and as I began to read it again my eyes began to flow...ah beloved this is a prayer that I will be repeating until He is finished.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/16/13
Wow what an awesome and powerful prayer. It gave me goosebumps.Congratulations on ranking 8 in your level and 11 overall!