when you want to pray the prayer that will unlock your soul

If I were shipwrecked on a deserted island, I’d want to be shipwrecked with Jennie Allen — because sister knows Jesus, knows His Word, knows how to pray & her & I have been flat on our faces before Him, asking Him to show His way for this generation. I’ve slept in her spare bedroom and laughed late with her kids and ate around her table and Jennie is nothing if she’s not a pitcher poured right out for her husband, her children, her Jesus and her sisters down the streets and across the aisle and around the globe. & believes God uses them to heal souls & to reveal Himself to people. Have you checked out the free daily video Bible study that we all work with Jennie on: IF: EQUIP.  Best 5 minutes of your day, guaranteed. Make it your summertime habit? Jennie has  a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary & I love this woman deep & wide & long & it’s a ridiculous privilege to have Jennie Allen come to the farm’s front porch today:

guest post by Jennie Allen 

“God, we will do anything.

Anything.”

Zac and I climbed into bed on a completely average night several years ago. We were pretty tired. We just laid there looking at the ceiling, with only small firework fantasies of what God might say.

Zac took my hand and spoke the simple words we had been processing for the past few months but not yet been ready to say.

God had been opening our eyes to how precious our temporary lives were and how numbly we were moving through them.

We were over it. We were over building our lives. We were over houses and cars and cute Christmas cards. We wanted something; we couldn’t put our finger on it. It was burning in us.

We had loved so many other things more than God.

We were ready to do anything.

So we prayed. As sincerely as I have ever prayed any other thing,

I prayed in my heart as Zac spoke:

“God we will do anything.

Anything.

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It didn’t feel fancy.

It wasn’t even a big deal.

But the prayer held in it a thousand little deaths. In saying we’d do anything with God —  it meant we were handing Him everything.

My heart raced a little at the thought . . . and then we fell asleep.

And in that one little word we turned in everything —  for God’s anything.

Every dream for our lives.

Every dollar and possession.

Every safety and comfort.

Every person’s approval.

Every ambition.

Everything.

And we opened our entire lives up to anything God had for us.

Any risk.

Any country.

Any act of obedience.

Any dream God had for us.

Anything.

I knew that what was happening was common.

As real life and responsibilities pressed in, I felt God being pressed out. Religion, church, and Bible study were all in place—but truly surrendered lives, the kind God could use anywhere and in any way He chose, had quickly turned into planned and calculated lives that focused on things like saving for a Suburban or minivan.

There had to be more.

So here’s what’s been taking place, a revival of sorts:

It is as if everything I have said I believe is all of a sudden and miraculously real to me . . . heaven, God in me, freedom from bondage, my purpose here.

And because it is real, I am living as if it is real.

And living that way costs me something—costs me everything.

So we start to consider our priorities and realize we value things like comfort and people’s opinions and happiness.

Then God says to die and sell everything we own and hate this life.

And we say okay.

We start thinking things like, Should we sell our new house? Or we have an empty bed—let’s fill it with a child who needs a home and let’s invite our neighbors to Easter dinner.

And then the people around us start saying things like, “Don’t do it for the wrong reasons”—like the love of adventure or for our own glory. And we say, “Ok, thanks for the heads-up.”

Then we have people who are praying the same prayers and thinking the same thoughts, and something is happening—not a feeling or love of adventure or desire for glory but something within us that is from God, a call to more: to die—to live.

My heart is bleeding and I can’t make it stop.

So we are praying and willing and dreaming of living for heaven instead of the American dream, and it is changing everything. And I am strangely okay with that.

Today I write to you passionate and sure that praying this prayer is the greatest thing you and I could ever do, next to trusting Christ for salvation. In the years since praying this prayer, I have heard many of your stories.

The stories are courageous and reflect the kind of movements of God that come through surrendered people.

Great people don’t do great things; God does great things through surrendered people.

It is true. And it is happening.

I wish this freeing, wild, unsafe kind of faith for you.

A faith that says if God is real then I plan on living like it.

There is nothing more dangerous, more compelling, more freeing, more radical, more real, more satisfying, or more powerful than a smidgen of faith.A small seed of it can move mountains, so a large dose of it will move the world.

And it’s happening. God is moving through our generation in ways we could have only dreamed.

Ann and I and others have spent many nights on the floor together – praying that God would move through our Esther Generation in unthinkable ways.

That we would be so wholly surrendered and that we would never get in God’s way.

Anything.

This prayer has brought all of the very hardest and the very best parts of our lives into place. I can’t begin to imagine if we would have missed it all.

An entire generation abandoned to our God in every way –

He would go crazy through that…. He could go crazy through us?

Let’s not miss it.

 

Jennie Allen is an award- winning and bestselling author of Anything and Restless, as well as the Bible studies Stuck, Chase, and Restless. The founder and visionary for the IF: Gathering, she is a passionate leader following God’s call on her life to catalyze a generation of women to live what they believe. Jennie has a master’s in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Zac. Together they have been blessed with four children.

 Anything: The Prayer That Unlocked My God and My Soul, is a prayer of surrender that will spark something. A prayer that will move you to stop chasing things that just make you feel happy and start living a surrendered life that matters. DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IGNITED.  One of the best reads for a summer of transformation.

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