Mark, who is one of my best friends in the whole world and also ministry partner for 14 years, wrote this response yesterday to the question: “How do you come to know God.”
“I recently read some things by Mark Batterson that are helping me answer this question. When I worship I can’t focus on what’s wrong with me, but what is right with God. This allows me to experience Him. By the way, I have to remember that worship is a lifestyle that includes music but in no way is limited to that. When I have problems in my life my attitude and focus must be on Jesus. I cannot be the focus of my problems because I will never experience God if that is the case. My problems are actually opportunities for me to experience God.
Altering my prayer life from only “safe” prayers to include “dangerous” prayers. Praying “safe” prayers are not bad and I will continue to pray those types of prayers. However, for me to experience God the way He wants me to I need to pray “dangerous” prayers. Prayers that I know make me uncomfortable because in my own strength I cannot accomplish the request. Knowing that God is the only one who can move forward and do what He is asking of me…that is a dangerous prayer and will lead to a wild experience!”
You’re the man, Mark! And he referred to Mark Batterson who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. (Check out the link to his blog in the right column too!) Reading at least one of his books this year would be a wonderful goal. He has three:
Wow! This must be Mark-Day! What a great way to start a New Year…