As an 18-year-old young man, raised in poverty and broken circumstances, I encountered Jesus Christ and experienced the first overwhelming ALL moment of my life. My whole existence took on new meaning and purpose.
Years later as a new father, I experienced the ALL moment differently—from the giving end. This was a new definition, immediate, visceral, from the inside out. Although the word had been in my vocabulary, and the concept had been part of my theological training, now it was living in me every day. ALL was loose in my life.
That second experience planted an idea, a seed of understanding, deep into my soul about God and about prayer.
What I discovered after the birth of my daughter was the moment when you can joyfully give yourself and everything you have to one person’s welfare and never even blink at the “cost.” In a singular ALL moment, my heart quickly and easily yielded total allegiance when confronted by something of absolute value. In my experience of ALL, courtesy of my daughter, I caught a glimpse how the deepest transactions of life are completed.
Without asking permission, the ALL moment of fatherhood activated a deep question of longing in my heart. Watching my heart respond to my daughter made me rethink God’s Father love for me. I began to wonder in the deep places:
“Wow, God! Do you really feel this way about me?”
I was beginning to see that, if I followed this ALL beacon (lit by my daughter), it would redefine my faith, even changing my understanding of what it means to be human. I barely realized what had happened, yet found myself on a mission to experience the full and complete ALL exchange with God, my Father—to be loved in an undivided way, to reciprocate with undivided love. Deep rumblings were awakening in the hidden places of my heart.
While reading Genesis 1-2 through this lens, I came to the simple realization that on a particular day at the very start of human history, God became a Father. Have you ever considered that? God too had an ALL moment. He looked at His two children and named them and loved them without reserve. He told them, “Everything I have is yours.” As a first-time Father, He experienced feelings of total devotion to His children on an epic scale.
Everywhere I looked this father-daughter journey pointed me into uncharted territory. I was being drawn into God’s ALL, His uncalculating, undivided affection and commitment. I began to see why Jesus always emphasized the Father-child connection in how He prayed, and how He taught us to pray. Prayer reconnects us with the Father’s undivided, undiminished response to us. His response is always ALL.
What if God can’t wait to hear what I have to say, and can’t wait to give to me from His ALL?
While trying to grasp the implications of God’s undivided heart toward me, I recognized this simple connection: When a child needs a father’s love or provision or special intervention, he or she simply asks.
As God’s child, I too can ask my Father. I can count on my Father’s undiminished, undivided resource to always be available for my life. He has put in place a simple strategy for me to access His love and provision and special intervention, and that strategy is prayer.
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It’s hard to believe Get Prayer and Get It All finally is in print. I can’t say “Thank you!” enough to everyone past and present who helped spark the dream and who helped make it a reality.
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Get Prayer and Get It All is written, edited, proofread, and being designed this week. I can’t believe I’ll have my first copy hot off the press before all the autumn leaves turn colors.
It’s been humbling to read the endorsements that have been coming in for my book. I almost am tempted to ask, “Which book are you talking about?”
Here are two brief excerpts from the Foreword:
I am excited to be a part of any solid book about prayer, but Get Prayer and Get It All actually got me more excited about prayer than I’ve been for a long time. It rang true to three areas of passion for me that I think are very important to our faith: wanting ALL of God is the driving force of my faith; understanding my relationship with my FATHER in heaven and on earth is the key to our culture, our church, and my personal walk; and needing God desperately, and knowing that’s right where He wants me, is my daily focus. Rick Padgett touched my heart with deep truths that we all need to know.
I particularly responded to Get Prayer and Get It All because—as I continue to learn more about prayer on my journey as a Producer and a Christian in Hollywood—I appreciate books that go right to the core of the issue. If we are not completely sold out to God, if we don’t need Him desperately, if we don’t put Him above all else, then we are missing out on the abundant life that God promises us as His followers. And I believe the only way to experience that is through prayer…
As you read this devotional, I urge you to embrace God’s ALL. You may not know it yet, but all of us need Him desperately. Only then can He do miraculous works in our life—when we seek Him, depend on Him, and get out of the way. So, my prayer for you, as the reader of this book, is to turn to prayer and get God’s ALL!
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When we look for clues in literature, one of the things we look for is repetition. Nowhere is this more true than in God’s Word.
In the mandate found in Mark 12:28-31, Jesus frames His command with the ultimate declaration: “The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” You can almost hear Him emphasize that last word. “One” may be short, but its meaning is huge. Then in stating God’s mandate, Jesus repeats the word “all” four times.
I want to link together and show how important “One” and “All” are as the starting blocks in the Heart Mapping journey.
All and One are the language of desperation. All and One are irreducible. All and One are God’s currency in the transaction that is your life. Ultimately, they rule out a Plan B and set your heart on a fixed course that will define your life.
We will look at God’s Unlimited Fidelity—the limitless ways He pursues, pays for, and plans out your heart’s journey into wholeness and into His kingdom. We’ll look at the magnificent picture of the Threshing Floor and why John the Baptist called this harvest, sifting, and storing of your life ”good news.”
If this sounds heavy, it isn’t. It really comes down to seeing and fixing our gaze on two simple (yet powerful!) words, “All” and “One.”
Mandates are to be repeated and repeated often. The language of repetition is important. You can observe how often people repeat their message. Just watch a football game and you’ll see the same commercial ten times. Advertisers know is takes five or six times to break through your defenses. I listen to our local sports talk radio and there’s Chip Kelly, his coaching staff, and every Oregon Duck player repeating their daily mandate, “Win the Day.”
God too is zealous for His mandate. His epilogue to the Law in Deuteronomy 6 sets a pattern for how to repeat the mandate every day and to repeat it in every way. This is where Jesus turns in summing up the most important priority of the heart—the mandate to obey the first commandment: Love God first.
God knows there’s a lot of static competing for your space and you have to keep actively contending for your mandate.
- Mandate is the guiding priority that helps us sort out life.
- Mandate makes sure the lesser things get done. If you do the one big thing, all the other stuff falls in place (think Ford’s motto, “Quality is job one”).
So, do you know what your mandate is? If you have to think about it, even for a second, you haven’t repeated it enough yet. That’s okay. Just do whatever it takes to repeat it a lot in coming days!
I really possess only one significant asset. It is my God-given ability to reduce my entire life to a single allegiance.
If I invest this asset wisely all is well with my life. If I squander this asset nothing is right with my life.
Here is the terrifying simplicity of how God made my heart. I am an All or nothing man living in an All or nothing universe.
I didn’t choose this kind of life. I didn’t make the rules and I can’t escape. I get to make only a single choice. If I invest wisely, All is well.
I am finally believing that my heart can serve only one master. Simply stated, my life cannot escape the tyranny of All.
How did I come to this conclusion? See Matthew 6:24, Mark 12:28-32, Proverbs 4:23 & 25, and 1 Corinthians 13:7.
You and I have a dual mandate: to be lovers of God, and lovers of people.
It’s an incredible, all-encompassing mandate. It speaks to every sphere of life, and every relationship we have.
Several years ago, as I began to ask Jesus to source my obedience to this dual mandate, I began to pray an apostolic prayer. We find that prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21.
I have probably prayed this apostolic prayer 200 or 300 times. I have memorized it. I encourage you to memorize it if you’re serious because this is one of the source documents that points right at the resourcing of your life from the inside out.
This apostolic prayer couldn’t be any more explicit and it’s absolutely beautiful. Paul talks about the Gospel and lays it out to the Ephesians church. This is the same church we read about in the book of Revelation, which (sadly) had forgotten this prayer after a while.
Here is that powerful, essential, ongoing apostolic prayer:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
If you’re struggling with God’s dual mandate for your life, I strongly encourage you to memorize this prayer. Keep praying this prayer. Paul is saying, I’m releasing the riches of God’s glorious resource into your life, to strengthen you with power in the inner man that Christ would dwell in your heart, that there would be this invasion in you to resource the experience of the love of God, and out of that love you’re going to be filled again, and when you’re filled again what’s going to happen? You can experience the resourcing that gives you the ability to fulfill the mandate.
We’re just like my 8-year-old friend Henry—most of us, anyway. Like him, I want to get the most heart function I can get. I don’t want to come to the end of life with the mandate unfulfilled in my life and experience. Instead, I want to go right into the next life without missing a beat because guess what everyone is doing in heaven? That’s right: loving God, and loving people.
Here is my prayer for you right now:
Father, we thank you. Thank you for your Son who is the healer of hearts. Thank you for your Son who is the resource for all of our obedience, the one who knows the way when we think there is no way. The one who knows how to cure, how to heal, how to do what no one else can do. He is the answer, He is the resource, and He is the prize. His name is Jesus. Amen.