In 1995 Dan Mohler an unknown warehouse worker from a small town in Pensilvania goes to work for his nightshift. His marriage is over or so it appears and he is ready to move in with a younger lady. He says his heart was hard and his attitude was "there are plenty of fish in the sea". But for some reason the whole thing may have still upset him enough to feel some remorse about his selfishness. Dan was a very private person until then and he still stays away from social media while others put up his videos. Anyways in 1995 he goes to work as usual, but somehow feels remorse, repents and prays a pledge that brings on his ephiphany and he walks away a totally change man.
“If you’re really real, and if you really love me and can forgive me for all these things, and have a plan for my life, I’ll live for you.”
Watch Video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk-kgXMGCHQ&t=1s - transliteration below.
In this remarkable 2017 video Dan Mohler teaches prayer
Listening to Dan is so challenging - does anybody else feel cut to the heart ? The bar of knowing God as Dan does (at 3.00 mins) feels so high ! Here you have a totally normal guy having an epiphany after repenting of the typical selfishness that besets us all , then going totally nuts for Jesus thereafter.
Content paraphrased (this is a a transliteration, not a proper transcript)
Intro by Adam: Adam realizes that to get what Dan has, he has to apply himself and get it in his own prayer room. Listening to Dan's testimony to receive what he has will not cut it. So lets talk about prayer and what does that look like for a new believer.
Dan Mohler: The reason I go into my bedroom is to know him. Filling needs is not life changing. Eternal life is to Know God and to Love with his Love. Become what Love is, that is Christ in us ! Is my goal serving or knowing him first and foremost ? Jesus was led into the wilderness. For me that was the bedroom. He is my friend, leads me, guides me. 4:15 Here is what it looks like. My first morning after getting born again on Sunday night 7pm. I was rocking on my bed, crying and hugging my bible. You don't even know if God is real. We go blank when we lock the door. How do we make contact with God. oldme O-identity is the wrong position. You start where he left off (finished redemption) in your new God given G-identity - God reached you through his son. So you must start from that position, believe and acknowledge. I've been to church so many times ... but I trust you are in this book. Reveal yourself .. Holy Spirit you are here to guide .. what do you want me to read .. anything that holds you back is an illusion .. I trust you .. I appreciate you in my life ... I believe you live in me and transform me so that when men look at me they see more of you .. who you are .. living in me ... shining light through me ... Adam: He mentions new live for girls and their view of Happy Dan. Don't dismiss his happiness as something that new converts can't have. They say I felt like just being by myself when I pray. Dan: We look for feelings that God is there and we trip ourselves up. We start from faith and turn it into knowledge. Faith precedes sensual experience , but don't embrace sensual living. Once you belief then maybe you get a manifestation, but you don't depend on it. When you belief a knowing will come. You see passion in me ? I actually try to tone it down.
Continued at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk-kgXMGCHQ&t=10m01s
I don't speak out of doctrine or bible study, I speak from knowing.
My heart knows. Continue in him and the truth will drive you. I close the door. Here I am - I came to be with you and then I closed the door. I did that for several days to a week and then the Holy Spirit came to me. I did it by faith, I didn't do it for feelings or visions, but after a while the manifestation of his love and presence came. I would say hey Lord, I came to be with you and close the door and then I saw this glorious vision. I froze. I am here to worship you and honor you. The Lord awarded my diligence and faith. He loves a faith commitment cause it gets us out of sensual living. The encounter put a stamp on my living. Shhhh - my son is here to speak to me. It wrecked me, I cried and cried and worshipped God. God did not give that to me to start my prayer life. My prayer life was already well engaged. People wait for a revelation of Gods love, they are seeking for an experience. I belief it hand cuffs the Lord. His love is too great. Can't I just always have that ? I have that in my knowing. My knowing produces that. Count on it, it doesn't always feel picture perfect.
The greatest strength in your life is believing Gods love, not feeling Gods love !
You wake up in the morning and you teach yourself to commune with him. I feel grumpy I feel tired. REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE in him). Good morning Lord. Burn that into your heart. It's 6 am, it's cold. I wanna sleep in. NOW I pray: Thank you Father for this day. I thank you, that is my attitude, what a gift, You are so good. You shift yourself to faith (no whinging about your issues or discomfort). That's not prayer that's complaining. Thank you for making me walk and look like God. Father I am growing. I wanna be a blessing to others. Let me never feel later in life that I have missed out on opportunities to present you. I am so grateful that you are in me. Don't say to your buddies pray for me, I need a new job cause I hate this one. Prayer must come from a good place (of mind) to be effective. The gospel is not about benefits, but transformation. Stir my heart, talk to me. Read and stop and PRAY INTO SCRIPTURE. Wow that's amazing father I have peace in you. You have nothing but Love for me.
Adam remembers communion teaching, taking time to reflect re-live commemorate . Walk in a communion reality. Always remember him (decorates bathroom with notes). This makes me think what you have done for me oh Lord. I so appreciate (praying back the word) you died and I never will.
Dan: Prayer has many aspects, such as ask seek knock commemoration committal. I want so much to know you more. I don't want to be shifting and changing. Thank you, you make me ... Its not a trouble seeking thing, its not problem focused, not what's wrong with me, but what's right with you. We tend to pray problems, not answers. Fears come, you are panic driving. What you belief manifests.
Father I thank you that your heart is in me. Thank you for a new heart and your work in me. Let the weak say I am strong, we magnify the answer (Jesus in me). No mountain and valley lifestyle any more. Don't fear or panic. Thank you for Billy and his life. Ask seek knock. Prophetic Faith or loneliness ? What's your motivation. Are you in idolatry ? Is Billy not your gift. He has a destiny. He will run well. Don't pray oh God I'm desperate and distressed - you must help Billy - you are freaking out. You act from need. You become a product of what your son or husband is not. This will not bring the answer. Needy prayers can set us up for disappointment with God and disbelief in the word.
More on prayer by Dan Mohler here !