Imagine that you are very thirsty on a hot day. You have three choices to quench your thirst. The first choice is a beautiful picture of a fountain. Your second option is to drink recycled water that comes from one of the many fountains that dot the landscape of Kansas City. A third possibility is to drink from a cold, clear, fresh stream of water.
The choice is pretty simple when it comes to quenching thirst on a hot day. Unfortunately, it is not as clear when we approach a relationship with God. It is possible to spend an entire lifetime engaged in religious activities and sense little more of God than a picture can quench a thirsty person.
I am afraid that many in our culture experience God second-handed, as they listen to gifted preachers and musicians. Good stories of God’s work in people’s lives are very inspirational. I hope the interviews in this blog will encourage people as they read them. However, if we limit ourselves to observing and not participating, we may be like the woman or man who tried to quench their thirst with recycled water.
When Glenn Clark experienced Jesus Christ as the fountain of living water, he was never again satisfied with mere religious activities or second-handed Christianity. He and his spiritual friends experimented with many different ways to enrich their life with God. Using spiritual “blank checks” was one way that Glenn Clark encountered God. I hope you will give them a try. If you haven’t read the first experiment, you may want start with the first blog post about Glenn Clark.
Promise #6 – John 15.16 – Jesus said, “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”
When Glenn Clark focused on this promise he said, “I pray for the right ideas to come to me in the perfect sequence and in the perfect order, in the right time and in the right way.”
Glenn Clark was a visionary who placed a very high value on creativity. I’m sure you can see how important this prayer for creative people.
Promise #7 – John 11.22 – These words were spoken by Martha to Jesus. They are true of Jesus’ prayers and of ours, too. She said, “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”
As Glenn Clark cashed this spiritual “check,” he prayed, “I pray for my deepest soul’s sincere desire to be fulfilled in the right time and in the right way.”
Steven Covey in his classic book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, describes a man who climbed the ladder to success, only find out that it was leaned against the wrong building. Let’s not make that kind of mistake by embracing a goal that is not worthy of our effort. It may take some time to discover what is our God-given deepest desire of the heart. Once we do, we can confidently pray for the fulfillment of the desires of our heart.
Promise #8 – John 14.14 – Jesus promised this: “If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
Clark and his friends made it their life’s ambition to pray this prayer and to live by it: “Please give me the ability to give love and only love to everyone I meet.”
Promise #9 – Matthew 18.19 – Jesus said, “Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”
As Clark considered this promise from Jesus, he prayed: “Grant me, O Father, the capacity to see everything as intensely beautiful.”
Promise #10 – 1 John 5.14 – “And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
Glenn Clark asked God fulfill this prayer: “Grant to me, O Father, the ability to see infinite value and importance in everything you have made.”
Let me encourage you to approach this experience in the following manner. Spend a few minutes reading the Scripture passage. Remind yourself that this is God’s promise to you. Think about the suggested prayer. If you are like me, you will find that Glenn Clark prayed for some things that you have not considered as possible topics for prayer. Give them a try and see what God has in store for you.
Finally, pray the prayer. Pray it several times throughout the day. One of my friends drives a truck. Every time he sits at a red light, he spends a moment in prayer. You may want to pray the prayer of the day at each red light.
Experiment and see what God does in your life. See what changes take place in your inside condition. Then, please write a reply and let us know how the experiment worked for you.