“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Joining in Mark Batterson's Experilent

I am celebrating Lent by joining Mark Batterson's Experilent.  

"There is nothing magical about kneeling, but there is something biblical about it."

The 7:14 Experiment

From Mark Batterson's blog:

The 7:14 Experiment

We have a core value at National Community Church: everything is an experiment.  My favorite kind? Experiments that are based on the Bible.  I think of as them holy experiments. So here’s the scoop.  We’re going to circle II Chronicles 7:14 during Lent. I guess you could call it an experilent. What would happen if we circled this promise in prayer for forty days?  I intend to find out.
If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven.  I will forgive their sin and heal their land.
What if all of us hit on knees everyday at 7:14 AM?  Honestly, the time isn’t the issue.  I just think 7:14 is a nice trigger.  It can be 7:13 or 7:15.  It can be 6:37 or 8:22. AM or PM.  So it’s not about the time per se.  It’s about establishing a humble habit of kneeling before the Lord on a daily basis.  You can hit your knees when you get out of bed or when you get into bed. And it’s not about bowing the knee. It’s about bowing the heart.  There is nothing magical about kneeling, but there is something biblical about it.  I’ve found that my heart posture often mirrors my physical posture.
Are you in? Would you be willing to kneel everyday for forty days? For two or ten or thirty or sixty minutes?  If you want to be part of the 7:14 experiment, text the word LENT to 775.237.4364. We’ll send out a short text message at 7:14 AM everyday during Lent.  Just a daily reminder, a daily inspiration.  We’ll kick off on Ash Wednesday, February 22.  We’ll end on Easter Sunday.  Spread the word…
Let’s not seek blessings or miracles or opportunities. Let’s seek God.  And if we seek God, blessings and miracles and opportunities will seek us! If we get on our knees then God will extend His right hand on our behalf.
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things will be added to as well.”   Matthew 6:33

Are you celebrating Lent this year?


Patti said...

I love this idea....totally signed up for the texts. Excited for this season of Lent!

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this! I've signed up and I'm excited to add these texts to my observance of Lent this year!