Glenn Clark was an English professor, football and track coach, author, book publisher, prayer leader, camp organizer, and experimenter with God. Much of the determination of his early years came from trying to live two lives – one for himself and the other for his brother and best friend who died when Clark was a boy.
Clark’s drive to accomplish much for himself and his deceased brother led to burn out and heart trouble. He had accomplished much in the academic and sports world, but by age forty he was in spiritual and physical trouble. It was at this time that Clark developed a very vibrant personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His deep desire was to know Jesus by experience. Therefore, Clark was constantly experimenting with different ways of deepening this relationship.
In one of Clark’s experiments he asks us to imagine leaving home for a few weeks. Your two responsible, college-age daughters are not going on the trip with you. You give them ten blank checks and say to them, “If you need something, just take one of these checks and take care of your needs. There is enough money in our bank account to cover your needs.”
Clark expanded the illustration to include our life with Jesus Christ. He highlighted ten “blank checks” that Jesus gave us. These “checks” are Jesus’ promises to people who follow him. In today’s blog we will consider five of Jesus’ “blank check” prayer promises..
Promise #1 – Mark 11.24 – Jesus said, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Clark encourages people to pray a prayer similar to this while we “cash the check” of the promise in Mark’s Gospel. “I pray for your Spirit to enter me and to fill me completely.”
Promise #2 – John 14.13 – Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
Clark recommends that we pray this: “I pray for your kingdom to come on earth, just as it is in heaven.”
Promise #3 – John 16.23 – Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.”
When Glenn Clark cashes this spiritual “check,” he prays this, “I pray for my will to become completely and utterly your will.”
Promise #4 – 1 John 3.22 – . . . We receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
Consider praying this along with Glenn Clark, “I pray for my actual needs to be met by the right supply, in the right way and at the right time.”
Promise #5 -1 John 5.15 – And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him.
As we claim this promise, let’s pray like this: “I pray for the right persons to come into my life at the right time and in the right way.”
Why don’t you try an experiment in the spiritual realm for five days this week. On the first day, meditate on the first prayer promise and pray Clark’s recommended prayer. Try praying it three or four times during the day and check the results. On the second day, try the second promise and prayer. Again, pray several times during the day around this theme. Follow this procedure throughout the week and see what God does.
If you have an experience you want to share, feel free to write about your experience in the “reply” portion of this blog.