Two-dimensional understanding

By Dave Henning / June 23, 2016

“Knowledge, by itself, often leads to one-dimensional assumptions.  But wisdom, true wisdom, leads to two-dimensional understanding.”- Mark Batterson

“True wisdom has two sides.”- Job 11:6

As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 18 of If, he asserts that two-dimensional thinking is thinking outside the four dimensions of space-time within which we exist.  Pastor Batterson writes that the Holy Spirit is crucial in helping us escape those four-dimensional limitations:

“It’s the Holy Spirit who helps us get outside the box and escape our four-dimensional limitations.  Sometimes it’s the gifts of the Spirit that take us beyond our ability.  Sometimes it’s something that could only be revealed by the Spirit of God.  Either way, the Holy Spirit widens our options to include any and every what if.”

Pastor Batterson notes that Google ‘crawls’ 20 billion websites daily and performs over 100 billion searches per month.  Although this is a remarkable statistic, Google doesn’t hold a candle to the Holy Spirit’s search engine.  The apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:10- “The Holy Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.”

“Prayer,” the author emphasizes, ” is the difference between us fighting for God and God fighting for us. . . . [Prayer] requires a two-dimensional approach.  Therefore, planning without praying is a waste of time.  Praying without planning is a waste of energy. . . . we must pray as if it depends on God and work as if it depends on us.  It’s both/and, not either/or.”

And you avoid narrow framing by keeping an open mind.

Today’s question: How does two-dimensional understanding enable you to start praying like it depends on God and working like it depends on you?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The day of small beginnings”

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