Everyone has a secret to change your life. You’ve seen some of them. Here are some great ones:
- Dollar Shave Club.
- Hair Club for Men.
- Viagra – from the commercials on my TV, this strange blue magic pill called Viagra turns you into a strong cowboy who knows how to pull a truck out of the mud with horses or fisherman on the wild and angry sea. Call me a cynic, but I question that.
- Sea Monkeys!
Of the above, I think Sea Monkeys have the highest probability of life change.
Best Life-Change Story I’ve Heard
Frank Laubach was a missionary in the Philippines in the 1930’s.Today missionaries all over the world send emails, Skype, even have websites.
An American missionary stationed in the Philippines in the 1930’s would be completely removed from the world he knew. Contact with home could only be made via boat or plane. So he was:
- On his own.
- With only Jesus to trust to fulfill his (and His) mission.
How did he do it? He tried an experiment. He determined to take ONE second of every minute to turn his mind to Christ. A moment here, a moment there, connecting with His Creator.
How did it go? It changed the trajectory of his life.
In his own words:
“I feel simply carried along each hour, doing my part in a plan which is far beyond myself. This sense of cooperation with God in little things is what so astonishes me, for I never have felt it this way before. I need something and turn round to find it waiting for me. I must work, to be sure, but there is God working along with me.”
God raised Frank Laubach from being a lonely missionary in the Philippines to a Christian world statesman, the founder of World Literacy Crusade, and a great influence on the United States foreign policy in the post-WWII years. And he attributed all of his brilliant ideas and incredible energy and effectiveness from this practice: practicing the presence of God.
You can have moment by moment guidance from the One who makes the universe safe, for your marriage, your work, your ministry, your life.
The Bible refers to this. It says right there in, 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray all the time.”
How in the world do you do that?
It’s easier than you think.
It’s called, “breath prayers.” “LORD – PLEASE GIVE ME GOOD BREATH WHILE I GO TALK TO THIS CUTE GIRL,” says I, as I walk across the business school to ask my future wife out.
But that’s not what I’m talking about. Stupid me.
Christians have practiced breath prayers for a long time. It’s picking a simple phrase or Scripture that you can say in one breath and praying it all day long, over and over, Frank Laubauch style, keeping the conversation going with the Father. Like this:
- I love you, Lord.
- For me to live is Christ.
- Use me today Lord.
- I am Yours.
- Make me pure.
- Make me holy.
- You are my God.
Pray it all day long to honor God and keep in constant contact with Him. My experience is that it keeps my mind sent on Him, and my heart (affections) directed toward Him.
HINT: Set a reminder on your phone for 5 minutes from now with the breath prayer you want to pray. When it pops up on your screen, pray it, snooze it for 5 minutes, or just leave it and look at it every few minutes. Mine has said, “For me to live is Christ!” all day today.
Here’s what I can promise you: If you begin to constantly practice the presence of God while standing, sitting, waking, sleeping, working and playing, you’ll never lack the Father’s presence – pouring out His peace, direction, purpose, kindness, goodness, making Christ known, and divinely leading you through the morass of life on this earth.
His promise to you:
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You!
Now get on with it. He is waiting for you.
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