People often ask God to “surprise me”. One dear friend recently shared with me that she had spent months praying/asking God to surprise her as she sought His will concerning a new job. Mark Batterson in his best seller “The Circle Maker” also mentions this prayer strategy. I’ve learned to ponder the pros/cons of any new concept/strategy until I can comfortably either discard or accept it as bogus or truth. For me (emphasis on “for me” not everyone else), this “surprise me” prayer concept is bogus.
A surprise by definition is when a brief emotional state is experienced as the result of an unexpected event. In essence, surprises are the result of predictions that fail.
The basis of my desire to follow Jesus is faith/belief. Belief that the promises Jesus has made are true. Jesus tells us to “steep your life in God-reality, God-initative, God-provisions instead of worrying about missing out and you’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met” (Matt 6:33 MSG). It just seems that when I ask God to “surprise me” I’m preoccupied with getting instead of giving. Asking God to “surprise me” complicates matters … I feel as though I’m fussing over something I believe I need when reality is God has provided all I need. Asking God to “surprise me” takes my focus from what God is doing in my life now to what I hope God might do for me in the future. There is a difference between being surprised and being in awe and wonder. I just want to be in awe!
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Tagged Christianity, DC, Emotion, Evangelism, God, Jesus, Mark Batterson, Matt, Opposing Views, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality, Washington DC
For years now I’ve dabbled with my piece of a vision; a vision that I know is a “God thing” (blue sky) . I know this is true because of the way it has come together. There are many “power brokers/gateways” who have shared their expertise, ideas, and concepts. I also know this vision is a “God thing” because it won’t ever be accomplished without relying totally on God.
It’s the lack of money that has caused both this vision to falter and my heart’s desire to meet with reality. Like most, I have family responsibilities (mortgage, etc.); I simply cannot spend full-time doing what I know is what God wants me to do. Both time and money are true measurements of one’s committment so let me point out that over time many of those who share this vision have spent nearly all their savings in pursuit of this dream. We have “loved the Lord with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength” and we’ve been “waiting on the Lord”. Regardless, try as I might, I just cannot rid myself of the compulsion to just “get ‘er done”.
This vision has been given a name: Power to Change DC. While it can be stated simply, it cannot be executed with simplicity. This is the vision I bought into: “Create a sustainable movement within our metro area where individuals and communities are transformed by the power of Jesus Christ.”
Since last September others have challanged me to seek clarity on what it means to follow Jesus and operate on all four cylinders ( heart, soul, time, strength). I’ve repeatedly cried and asked God:
(a) “if not Power to Change DC than what is it I’m supposed to do?
(b) “if Power to Change DC is it than what is it I can do?”
At the very top of my Christmas list was Mark Batterson’s new book Primal. Reading Primal was a “wow moment”. Little sentences seemed to pierce my heart and nudge something in me that caused the Power to Change DC vision to take on a whole new manifestation. My “what” questions were suddenly answered. I had a revelation (blue print)!
A new part of my journey with Jesus has begun. This blog has taken on a whole new meaning and the title MultiChurchDC seems so right. I hope you will stay tuned and be a part of my journey.