The Blessing of Discomfort

Several days ago, my wife, Gail, forwarded to me a Franciscan benediction that she had received from a friend. I thought it was so good, I just had to share it.

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Warning: this is completely counter-cultural to the feel-good, prosperity spirituality that is so popular today.

May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
So that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people,
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war,
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
And turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
Amen”

Whoever thought that someone would intentionally pray for discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness? I don’t know anyone who prays like this.

Questions: What do you think? Is this a benediction you are willing to receive?
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  • http://timothyfish.blogspot.com Timothy Fish

    I’m more likely to pray like Jesus, “O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” I don’t pray for discomfort, but I’m not going to get upset with God if that is what I need.

  • http://www.unsafechallenge.com Coenraad

    This prayer is something I pray quite a bit for myself.

    I found it in the CD sleeve of one of my Charlie Hall CD’s I purchased a couple years ago, and ever since, I have prayed this for myself, as well as for other people.

    May God bless us with enough foolishness…

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  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    We all go through these daily, why not pray for them and for the resolution?

  • Kingsly

    All these were part of Jesus’s Life. Must learn to live this Out!!Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.karenevans.blogspot.com Karen Evans

    Wow, that’s a tough one. But isn’t that real living? To stand up, make a difference, want justice with tears? To be honest, I’m a bit afraid to pray that, but should.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Me, too, but I agree: I should.

  • http://fghart.wordpress.com FGHart

    “May God spare me from my own ignorance; may I never be hard-hearted in the face of need.” I think this benediction is effectively a prayer to live life as a sheep and not a goat. I haven’t heard this prayer before but I like it.

  • http://www.karenjordan.net Karen Jordan

    This poem illustrates the truth of being blessed in Matthew 5: 3-11. Thanks for the reminder that I am truly blessed.

  • Chris

    Hi Mike,
    Thank you for sharing this. A new dimension. The Benediction shows the love and compassion Jesus had on the people (Even Jesus wept). I am glad that I happened to read this.

    May god bless you…

    Cheerio,
    Christine
    Chennai, India.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Christine.

  • http://www.andrewhawkins.ca Andrew Hawkins

    Here’s another hard but beautiful one, this time from a Jesuit:

    A PRIVATE LITANY OF HUMILITY
    From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being honoured, deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of being preferred, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

    From the desire of comfort and ease, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being criticized, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being passed over, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.

    From the fear of being lonely, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of being hurt, deliver me, Jesus.
    From the fear of suffering, deliver me, Jesus.

    That others may be loved more than I,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
    That others may be chosen and I set aside,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
    That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
    Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

    O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.
    O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit.
    O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.

    O Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
    help me put my self importance aside
    to learn the kind of cooperation with others
    that makes possible the presence of your Abba’s household.

    Adapted from a prayer by Rafael, Cardinal Merry Del Val,
    from the prayer book, For Jesuits, 1963, Loyola University Press

    • http://www.servingstrong.typepad.com Scott Couchenour

      Andrew – Wow! I’m printing this out for myself. Thanks so much for sharing it.

    • http://www.dailyreflectionsforsingleparents.blogspot.com/ Scoti Springfield Domeij

      What is the title of the book? Is it available on amazon?

    • http://goodwordediting.com Marcus Goodyear

      Andrew, thanks for sharing that. Like Scott, I’m printing that one out.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Really beautiful.

    • sally snyder

      I received a Christmas present from God in 2008; in 2 years, God has reminded me of the pain and suffering. Why? For the Glory of God. As I look back over 27 years God has shown me in 6 months this year why I did what I did to help and how I am able to share my life w/others to be a blessing to help those who are facing discomfort; so yes if the goal is to glorify God and be used where you are to encourage others to get closer to Him!

  • http://www.servingstrong.typepad.com Scott Couchenour

    I love this! I’m printing out and giving to my pastor.

  • Kim

    This makes me think of the song, “Pray,” by Kendall Payne. She wrote it after hearing a story about Mother Teresa offering a similar blessing to someone.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-KzR-WD5Bw
    This clip is from when she played it at Cornerstone Simi where Francis Chan pastored and she explains the back story to the song. Incredible.

    • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

      Thanks so much for that link to Kendall’s music!

  • http://jennyrain.com Jenny

    This is beautiful. I’m going to print it out and put it in my journal and take it with me to Africa this week because it is so fitting to some of the things we will undoubtedly experience there. Such perfect timing :) Thanks Michael!

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      May God bless your trip to Africa. Gail and I went two years ago. We still haven’t recovered.

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    From this prayer I conclude that both St. Francis and St. Benedict were given insight into human nature. (Feels like someone prayed this over me already. *wink*). This prayer challenges me as a parent – I so want to preserve our children from the pain of superficial relationships, exploitation and rejection. I will have to pray for the courage to say this prayer for our children. (Is that what my parents prayed?)

  • http://www.kathyfannon.com Kathy Fannon

    It is so like Jesus…discomforted, anger, tears…maybe not the foolishness so much. And aren’t we supposed to strive to live like Jesus?

    I think this prayer is great for the reasons you gave in your ‘disclaimer’…it’s not about prosperity and feeling good. It’s about getting our eyes off of ourselves and fighting for others. It’s about bearing others burdens. It’s about helping the less fortunate. It’s about being less selfish and doing what Paul tells us in Phillippians – to regard one another as more important than ourselves.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Amen, Kathy.

      I think the “foolishness” has to be understood in the context of 1 Corinthians 3:19.

  • http://faithfictionfunandfanciful.blogspot.com/ Lynn Squire

    While I can’t say that I’ve prayed this prayer specifically, I understand and have to some extent incorporated the heart of it in my life.

    Last January our church had a revival meeting. At the end of that meeting, I knew I wanted to move forward, spiritually – charge the gates, so to speak. But to do that, I needed to identify sin and weakness in my life. I knew pride was a major area of struggle so I asked God to remove it. Dangerous? Oh yeah. It’s been a tough spring and summer. I still battle with pride, but now I understand humility a bit better, and I’m very grateful for the very rough roads I traveled to get me this far. Do I still want to be changed? You bet – purified by fire, if need be. Touched by the Healer’s hand preferably. But more than anything, I want to be under the protective wing of God, moving with Him wherever He takes me . . . even when charging the enemy’s gate . . . even when suffering scornings, mockings, hate, and even physical abuse.

    The Apostle Paul willingly suffered, willingly went to Jerusalem though he knew the dangers. Why? Because of his tremendous love for his people and for his desire to get to Rome. And God met him in prison and encouraged him. When I consider which would be better, the comforts of this world or the comforting voice and touch of God-I want to chose the comforting voice and touch of God.

    I want to have the kind of love Paul had for God, for his people, for the unsaved and for his disciples. The kind of love that willingly sacrifices, gives up comforts, gives up peace to bring the message of salvation to others. I’m not sure I’m at the place Paul was, embracing suffering for Christ as a way to magnify Him and to fellowship with Him, but I’m asking God to help me move to that place.

    I challenge myself with this thought: the time in this world is less than a drop in the bucket in light of eternity. Why then do we fixate on making it so comfortable? We can have a little of Heaven on earth when we embrace the hope and joy we know we can have in Heaven–even as Paul did in prison–because we’ve made our fixation on the things of Christ and not the things of this world.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love your perspective!

  • Linda

    This reminds me of the quote from Brennan Manning, ” May all your expectations be frustrated, may all your plans be thwarted, may all your desires be withered into nothingness, that you may experience the powerlessness & poverty of a child & sing & dance in the love of God who is the Father, Son and Spirit”.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      THAT is powerful. What a great prayer!

  • http://www.gospelofkingdom.com Gregory Scott

    Thanks for this reminder the Lord is more interested in our sanctification than our comfort.

  • http://anthonyharden.wordpress.com/ Anthony

    Totally agree with the slap at the “feel-good, prosperity spirituality that is so popular today.” The model prayer given in Matthew 6:9-13 has been recommended. I trust the source. After this manner therefore pray ye …

  • http://peterscholtens.wordpress.com Peter Scholtens

    Thanks Michael. That’s great and I will pass it around.

  • http://www.speckleofdirt.com Tammy

    Absolutely! We are geared toward the easy route seeking pleasure when
    there is inspiration in discomfort.

  • http://www.AFriendInTheStorm.com Cheryl Ricker

    Thanks for the post, Michael!

    When I think about how I should talk to God, I consider how I want my kids to talk to me.

    I want them to want what I want for them. It shows they know me and trust my love.

    If I had to choose between an easy, comfortable life for them and a difficult, holy life for them, I’d choose the latter, because I want them to be like Christ and because I’m mindful of heaven. However, I’m also mindful of 3 John 1:1-2

    3 John 1

    1The elder,
    To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

    2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

    We should first bless the soul; but once that part’s doing “well”, why not ask for more? Health and wealth isn’t always selfish. It can actually further one’s ministry sometimes.

    I wrote about this in my blog yesterday (pertaining to Lazarus):

    http://www.cherylricker.com/2010/10/purpose-in-the-darkness/

  • http://www.aslegal.com Jeff

    I dont the intention is to “intentionally pray for discomfort, anger, tears, and foolishness”. It’s the lines that come AFTER each of those wishes. It’s the ‘result’ of sharing POSITIVE sentiment that come from praying for these things.

    I like the benediction. Very positive.

  • http://keithjennings.typepad.com/keitharsis Keith Jennings

    If we pray for something, are we obligated to act in service of its realization? I think this beautiful and bittersweet benediction clearly calls us on our prayers. I hear it saying that the Word still becomes flesh through the Church body. Or should.

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • http://kennysilva.net Kenny Silva

    My daily prayer is for God to break my heart for what breaks His. It’s too easy to disconnect from the world and pretend that there aren’t people out there who need help. If we’re each going to change the world and accomplish every bit of what God has charged us to do, we need to be blessed with enough foolishness to think we can make a difference. It’s good to be uncomfortable, because that’s the only thing that will stir us up and give us the passion to change things. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to have to memorize this one.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I think I need to memorize it, too.

  • http://www.theskepticalhealer.com kate connon

    Thank you for reminding us. Wonderful faith says that. I work with a young man who devotes his life to the underprivileged in Bangalore, India. Every New Year’s Eve he prays to God for “difficulties in the coming year to help me grow” At only 30 years of age he is an inspiration to those of us, like me, who desire an easy life. . Kate, Ireland

  • http://www.jackcavanaugh.com Jack Cavanaugh

    Love this prayer. It puts things in perspective. One of my favorite devotions comes from Jeremiah 18. It asks the question: What do you do when you pray to God about stress in your life, and He answers, “I know, I’m the one sending it.”

    To Jeremiah, God said, “Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in My hand.”

    A potter punches and kneads (Heb. word, distresses) the clay working out all impurities, then forces it into unnatural shapes to suit his purposes. And that’s the easy part. He then places it in the fire. Only then is the clay a fit vessel for use.

    Interesting that God would choose this metaphor to describe His relationship to His people.

    These are the stories I like to tell in my historical fiction, stories of Christian courage in the past to inspire us to live courageous Christian lives in the present.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Beautiful and fitting metaphor. Thanks for sharing it.

  • http://www.LaurindaOnLeadership.com Laurinda

    I don’t think I would pray for it, but I do know enough to NOT pray that everything is easy. I found my witness was stronger when going through rough seas. I learn so much during hard times. I pray for strength to endure life.

  • http://www.discoveringtogether.com Eyvonne

    This is indeed a dangerous prayer. It is the kind that God always answers.

    Oh that we would all define blessings in these terms and not the self-centered, prosperity driven prayer of American affluence.

    If you read the biographies of great men and women of God (George Muller, Corrie Ten Boom, Charles Finney, Jim Elliot) you will see this theme in their lives LONG before any of them were known by the world.

    • http://www.rowentree.com April Rowen

      “This is indeed a dangerous prayer. It is the kind that God always answers.”

      LIKE!

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    All suffering is worth it for the causes of Christ!

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  • http://www.rowentree.com April Rowen

    I don’t know of anybody else who prays like that either, except for my dad. Discomfort is very powerful. Especially knowing how much we learn and grow in hardship. Discomfort makes us aware of others – and Jesus =)

  • http://www.lantzhoward.com Lantz Howard

    Thanks for posting this. We are going to use this for a weekend prayer experience this weekend.

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. Let us know how it goes.

  • http://www.therextras.com BarbaraBoucher PTPhD

    Michael, do think we should pray this over Congress?

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      ;-)

  • http://angelacgifford.blogspot.com/ Angela Gifford

    You know, I can’t say I pray like that, asking for tears and hardship. But I do have this uneasy since in my core when I know I’ve been too comfortable for too long. I’ve learned that those painful times are what drive me the deepest to Jesus, so I have frequently asked God to do what it takes to stir me. I’d so much rather be close than pain free.

  • http://debomendoorhetbosch.blogspot.com/ André Bor

    Thanks for this blogpost. I’m going to retweet it.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Wonderful benediction Michael, and the truth.

    When we embrace discomfort, we embrace change. When we embrace change, we embrace life. I know of no higher calling.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Ryan

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    Powerful words and a great reminder that there is a lot of pain and suffering in the world. The question is, are we foolish enough to do something about it?

  • http://www.brianhinkley.com Brian Hinkley

    What a great way to grow. Step out of your comfort zone and get out there where things are happening.

  • http://forrest-long.blogspot.com Forrest Long

    This is the prayer Christians should be praying so that when others look at us they see Jesus in us. A beautiful prayer- thanks for sharing it.

  • http://iChilly.com Chilly

    I feel like God has, at times, blessed me with discomfort… I’m still alive! And, of course, way better for it! Joseph may not have prayed this prayer, but as he went from pit, to slavery, to prison, & beyond; he certainly understood it and became better through it.

    “God meant it for good”

    • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I love that quote from Genesis 50. Joseph is the perfect role model.

  • Curtis Yates

    Thanks for sharing this, Mike. It’s wonderful. We need to hear more of this.

  • Mitchell baldwin

    I never prayed for it but I have been blessed with it and it will MAKE you grow as a person and a Christian. I love this prayer. It’s a challenge!

  • Lana Vaughan

    When my husband and I started dating we began praying together that God would “get our kids attention whatever it takes”. We prayed for 3 years all the while trying to soften the circumstances God was trying to use to get their attention and build their character. When we realized God was trying to get our attention and stopped getting in His way things really got interesting. We are still praying the same prayer but leaving the method and timing in His hands. We trust Him with our eternal salvation and we trust Him with our kids. He loves them more than we ever could and knows what’s best for them much better than we ever will.

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  • http://larryhehn.com Larry Hehn

    It’s not something I desire, but I must admit that it is something I need. I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes:
    “We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.” – Dwight L. Moody

  • http://wisdomherald.com/Wisdom_Herald/The_Wisdom_Herald/Entries/2010/4/19_The_Gift_of_Desperation.html Dana Crosby

    Christ did not pray for discomfort, but rather that the cup of suffering be taken away, if possible. And yet we see, He willingly accepted suffering at the Father’s discretion by saying, “Nevertheless not my will be done, but thine.” I agree wih the heart of the posted prayer, in that, we need the perspective that hard things are not necessarily bad things. As Christians, ‘All things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.’ When we labor or suffer, it is not in vain. Good fruit is birthed if we remain in the vine. For us in Christ, there is no longer ‘bad and good’ ,but rather ‘easy or difficult’. Nothing is impossible. No circumstance or hardship is irredeemable. When God allows us to suffer, the only way we can ‘consider it ‘pure joy’, as scripture instructs, is to know that God will triumph over our circumstances in such a profound and incredible way that we are NEVER the victims, ‘never put to shame’; we are ALWAYS the victors in Christ: God is getting ready to show Himself mighty through us! “God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” So rejoice even more in your hardships because in Christ we suffer for a moment but we are resurrcted ETERNALLY! And the harder things produce the biggest fruit. Remember that God is a Rewarder (His word not mine) and we are to look forward to it! While we can enjoy the fruit that difficult situations produce, I think that some could take this to a self loathing and masochistic extreme. Let us not look for or pray for hardships or trouble, there is enough of that to go around. Let is take the focus off ourselves and focus our prayers on the One who is above King over every circumstance and who loves us unashamedly. Let me ask you if you would be a pleased parent if your children were asking you to make their lives more difficult? Remember that God himself delights in giving good gifts to His children and ‘what parent when his child asks him for a bread gives him serpent?’

  • http://wisdomherald.com Dana Crosby

    Christ did not pray for discomfort, but rather that the cup of suffering be taken away, if possible.  And yet we see, He willingly accepted suffering at the Father’s discretion by saying, “Nevertheless not my will be done, but thine.” I agree wih the heart of the posted prayer, in that, we need the perspective that hard things are not necessarily bad things. As Christians, ‘All things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.’ When we labor or suffer, it is not in vain. Good fruit is birthed if we remain in the vine. For us in Christ, there is no longer ‘bad and good’ ,but rather ‘easy or difficult’. Nothing is impossible. No circumstance or hardship is irredeemable. When God allows us to suffer, the only way we can ‘consider it ‘pure joy’, as scripture instructs, is to know that God will triumph over our circumstances in such a profound and incredible way that we are NEVER the victims, ‘never put to shame’; we are ALWAYS the victors in Christ: God is getting ready to show Himself mighty through us! “God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” So rejoice even more in your hardships because in Christ we suffer for a moment but we are resurrcted ETERNALLY! And the harder things produce the biggest fruit. Remember that God is a Rewarder (His word not mine) and we are to look forward to it! While we can enjoy the fruit that difficult situations produce, I think that some could take this to a self loathing and masochistic extreme. Let us not look for or pray for hardships or trouble, there is enough of that to go around. Let is take the focus off ourselves and focus our prayers on the One who is above King over every circumstance and who loves us unashamedly. Let me ask you if you would be a pleased parent if your children were asking you to make their lives more difficult? Remember that God himself delights in giving good gifts to His children and  ‘what parent when his child asks him for a bread gives him a serpent?’

  • Robin

    Wow. I love it. Thank you for posting this. It is an awesome prayer of Faith. Wow. It has hit me really hard.

  • Pitch

    A very nice prayer. This verse reminds me of David and his Psalms. =)

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  • Brad

    The older I get the more I thank God for the pain that I have had in my life. It is those hardships which forge the fabric of your heart and soul.

  • http://lovedoesntletgo.blogspot.com Israel Sanchez

    That is certaily and counter-culture prayer. It’s interesting that I wrote something in relation to this:

    http://lovedoesntletgo.blogspot.com/2010/10/shattering-of-prospertiy-glasshouse.html

  • http://musicroad.blogspot.com Kerry Dexter

    Michael,
    what I think on reading this is how much these ideas have in common with the ideas Carrie Newcomer explores in her music.

  • http://www.argyleandapricots.com Lori Zimbardi

    No, I can’t. I fear the discomfort. My daughter is questioning if God really exists and when we die if we just cease. She is 16 and I get it. She has never needed him. Things are good, we are prosperous, we are healthy. I suppose I would rather her seek now then begin her search in college when it is less likely to go towards Christ but.. I struggle praying for the discomfort that would require her to turn to Christ because I am afraid of what form that discomfort will take and to be completely honest and real, I’m not sure I am ready or willing for the suffering.

  • http://www.thehahnhuntinglodge.com Nikole Hahn

    I am reposting this link to FB. SO very true. Very counter-cultural and selfless. I pray this prayer for all of us. If we lose a house, can’t we use that tragedy to learn something from it, to extend a hand to someone else, to bring joy or find joy out of it?

  • http://samrhall.com Sam Hall

    What a fabulous prayer. Were it prayed more often, we’d be a better society. As for it being counter-cultural… so was Christ in His day. And we should be in ours.

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  • http://craigtowens.com Craig T. Owens

    So powerful! Thanks for posting this.

  • http://www.twitter.comjuanbg Juan

    Hi Mike,
    People are hardwired to follow the path-of-least-resistance. Therefore change is never in our minds, since change is constant in the whole universe — we naturally are against change, so we wait, wait and wait to the last minute, until we “get it”, while we are there resisting change we suffer.
    Suffering brings disconfort, however being unconfortable reduces our resistance to change, therefore we must prise disconfort as it is our only way to change and accept things as they are, rather as how we “think” or “want” them to be.
    So being unconfortable is actually GOOD.

  • http://hopefulleigh.blogspot.com/ Leigh

    Wow! This is right along the idea of things I’ve been thinking through lately. My heart is not heavily burdened enough by this world but I can’t shake the notion that I’m here to do something, anything that will bring God glory.

  • http://howtobetheexception.blogspot.com Clara

    It may seem strange, but this actually brought me “comfort” because I’m going through a tough period in my life. I have also suffered from bipolar depression my entire life so discomfort has been a constant companion and, I think if we become too comfortable, we will stop caring about those who suffer. Anyway, I hope this isn’t too repetitive. I haven’t read all the other comments yet. But thank you for posting. I’ve shared it with my friends on FB.

  • http://www.jmblr.com Tom Flann

    Looking at my own experiences, I came to Christ when I was going through a very rough patch and my faith is strengthened when I go through tough times and when I am incredibly outside my comfort zone. Being uncomfortable draws me closer to something that is comfortable… God. When things are easy and going well, it’s much easier to forget who is making everything go well. :)

    There is a constant looking at people that have been successful, in whatever their chosen field, you see there is a season of sacrifice before fruits of the labor are reaped. In their season and tears, everything is put on the line and they’re way outside their comfort zone, which gives them to a greater call of action. This forces on them the option not to fail – they had to put everything forward. As they say, no pain – no gain.

    Discomfort, pain and tears are a great motivator to drive people to action. Everything can be looked at as a blessing if you look at it the right way.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    I’d like to say I pray this prayer but then if I am honest, my actions don’t always match up. If I truly felt the pain, I’d do more to make a difference in someone else’s life instead of resting in the comfort of my own.

  • http://www.discounthomegenerators.info Macy

    I think most people pray during discomfort, hard times. We don’t tend to pray when we are happy or fortunate.

  • http://ragamuffinpc.com PC

    I love this benediction. It reminds me of one of my favorite benedictions.

    http://ragamuffinpc.com/2010/04/27/wrecked/

  • Dalton Paul Saunders

    I would add a line “may God bless you with Fearless Faith to do his will.” Fearless Faith is what allowed me to take the discomfort of God’s calling.

  • http://thatguykc.wordpress.com ThatGuyKC

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Do you know the date of its origination?

    At first glance I wouldn’t want to receive a “blessing for discomfort”, but after reading it through it definitely struck a chord with the type of person I want to be.

    I liked the last verse the most:

    “And may God bless you with enough foolishness
    To believe that you can make a difference in the world,
    So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
    To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.
    Amen”

  • http://building-his-body.blogspot.com/ Anne Lang Bundy

    This Franciscan benediction is a beautiful keeper. Thank you for sharing it, Mike. Please pass on thanks to Gail.

    And yes, there are some of us who pray this way. Another Christian was sharing with me his anger that some Chinese Christians pray for American Christians to experience more persecution. I gently shared with him the blessings that come through persecution. I went on to share that I use the Lord’s Prayer as part of my morning devotion time, and that this is part of my petition for “daily bread”:
    I look to You for the needs of my soul this day,
    the breaking of flesh which allows You to rebuild,
    and the shared cup of bitter suffering which culminates in sweet rejoicing.

  • Kelli Smalley

    Wow, that’s a hard thing to ask for, but it is probably one of the godliest things one could pray for.

  • http://freedomsunday.org Cathy Hoesterey

    This is a perfect resource for Freedom Sunday which will be held on March 13, 2011. Thousands of churches across the globe from all denominations will be joining together to spread the message of Jesus who proclaimed freedom for the captives. There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point at history. It is time we work together for justice and freedom for all. No man, woman or child should be for sale. Thanks for sharing this challenging benediction.

  • http://www.fskey.com Frances Akridge

    Christ is our best example of accepting challenge to draw closer to God. I know of people of many other cultures (American Indian, Celtic, Buddhist) who pray for the discomforts to maintain balance. Here is another benediction similar to the one that your wife discovered:
    I wish you Enough
    I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much larger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

  • http://www.fskey.com Frances Akridge

    Bob Perk relays a similar prayer in a story titled “I wish you Enough”. http://www.bobperks.com/wish.htm

  • Rena Kosiek

    When it comes to discomfort, I have a question I always ask myself, “In the midst of comfort, where is growth taking place?” This was something that was pressed upon my heart about two years ago. Since then I have intentionally been trying to live my life with an understanding that where discomfort lies growth emerges. For example, with controversial conversations-as uncomfortable as I may feel, I confront the matter with complete transparency and vulnerability. Reflecting on each time I have done this, I have seen growth in many places I used to consider weak. This can be the same in relationships. The person everyone can’t stand (even you can’t stand)-place yourself in their lives and love on them. It may be uncomfortable, but I can promise that growth will emerge. There is beauty in discomfort and there is much to be learned if you embrace it. Your perception of discomfort is a bigger battle than the discomfort itself.

  • Pierre M

    Cool!

  • Guest

    I love it!  When you are so hungry for your destiny that clinging to your fears and routine holds no appeal, you will embrace the uncomfortable because you no longer see the suffering but the end goal. 

    To be “ALL IN” is the greatest gift you give to yourself and humanity.  It is at this point that we live a life of passion and purpose because the goals are so large and worthy of any suffering we might incur during the process; that it no longer matters. “And it pleased God to bruise him…” Isaiah 53:10 

    Hunger is a gift and so is suffering.

  • Fr. Anthony Messeh

    I am a Coptic Orthodox priest from Fairfax, VA and as random as this sounds, I actually gave a sermon yesterday about this exact subject – called THE GIFT OF DISCOMFORT.  
    http://www.orthodoxsermons.org/sermons/gift-discomfort in case you’re interested (not trying to self-promote, sorry if it sounds like I am – just reinforcing the message of the blog).

    Thanks for the awesome blog Michael.  I look forward to reading it every day.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thank you, Fr. Anthony. (I am an Orthodox deacon myself.)

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  • Rabbi R. Karpov, Ph.D.

    This is one of the best, most genuine prayers I have seen in a while. I am going to forward it. Thank you so very much for making it available.