This piece originally appeared as an exclusive in World Net Daily here.


#ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing began trending on Twitter, tweeted by gun-control advocates, almost immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting. The shooting was heartbreaking beyond belief – lives lost forever! And the profanity-laced responses to the offer of prayers were tragic.

Police visited the shooter’s home 39 times; the FBI received TWO tips in six months that the shooter wanted to kill, and he was still allowed to do so. The FBI didn’t even follow its own protocol.

So, I have no interest in surrendering my Second Amendment rights to a government that can’t stop a shooter who communicated loudly that he was going to kill.

Instead, this is a time to stop and have some “thoughts” that do something. Einstein said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions.”

So let’s compare our present day to a time when mass shootings were rare to nonexistent – 50 to 100 years ago.

Then … guns were everywhere. Guns were on racks in trucks and under people’s beds (my dad’s storage spot). Sixty years ago, Life magazine published an article on “gun safety being taught in schools.”

Now … guns are everywhere. Same then as now.

Then … unless you were the love child of Bonnie and Clyde, there were very little outside stimuli to feed a murderous thought.

Now … a momentary thought of killing can be stoked until it’s an uncontrollable passion. A kid can practice killing innocents with video games, watch violence in movies that wouldn’t have been made 50 years ago and listen to music that celebrates murderers and cop killers as heroes.

He can follow toxic violence on “Twitter like the calls for ‘killing Republicans.’”

He can follow those who attacked the father of a murdered child because he wore a Trump shirt.

So today the culture breeds and feeds murderous desires.

And lastly:

Then … not everyone prayed or was Christian. But most respected Christians, except folks like Madelyn Murray O’Hair. And most found her to be repugnant. (She was. Besides going to SCOTUS to get prayer removed from schools, she chased her father with a butcher knife, trying to murder him).

Now … Obscenity-filled tweets that end with #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing trend on Twitter. Joy Behar announces that she thinks anyone who hears from God is insane, and the TV audience wildly applauds her. Attacks on Christians in media are common (Pence, Dungy, Tebow).

So some things have changed in the last 50 years. But what can we change today, so it’s like it was 50 years ago?

People had guns then and now. And we have the Second Amendment. And the left says it’s impossible to deport 11 million illegal aliens, so the government isn’t going to get magic unicorn power to pry 300 million guns from the hands of Americans.

Nobody is going to force a change in social/entertainment media. And we have a First Amendment. Twitter will continue to be a cesspool, Hollywood will keep pumping out Scarfaces, and violent video games will keep appearing – even if illegally on the internet.

But the last one – #ThoughtsAndPrayersDoNothing. Serious leverage there for success here. I’ll give you three examples of thoughts and prayers doing something:

  1. In Exodus 33 God tells Moses he’s going to wipe out the Israelites because they’re a bunch of ingrates who have completely rejected Him and everything He’s done for them. Moses says, “Please don’t.” God says, “OK.”I’ve read the passage many times, and the only thing makes God change His mind? Moses asks. #thoughtsandprayers.did something.
  2. Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter and almost died, said on Feb. 16, “The prayers helped me tremendously, and unfortunately, there are some on the left that actually mock praying for people.”I needed those prayers,” he added. “Those prayers helped me and my family at a really difficult time and you could feel them. These families need prayer, they need counseling, they need help.” #thoughtsandprayers did something.
  3. Walk into any Bible-believing church in America and ask around. You’ll get story after story of “thoughts and prayers” changing lives from train wrecks to examples of God’s goodness. Heck – walk into any AA meeting and you’ll hear story after story of folks who almost killed themselves with alcohol, but prayers to their “higher power” radically saved them from death. #thoughtsandprayers did something.

Bottom line?

Thoughts and prayers shouldn’t be an excuse for not acting. We should so what we can do – like reject the majestic idiocy of “gun free zones” (98 percent of mass shootings happen in gun free zones).

We should make the FBI do its job when someone says, “I want to be a shooter.”

We shouldn’t let those with violent tendencies buy guns legally. If illegal is good enough for MS-13, it should be good enough for someone who threatens to kill fellow students and tortures animals.

But our needs run much deeper than that. “The State” cannot do what only God can do.

What we need is a heart change in millions. Laws are crucial, but no law is going to change a heart steeped in a culture of violence and mayhem. A killer will find a way to kill (Cain/Abel). But God can change a nation when His people are steeped in prayer.

It’s said in the good Book (called so because it’s good), “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Then, thoughts and prayers were respected and desired. Now, we need them more than ever.

Amen amen.


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A Powerful Secret for Radical Change

Everyone has a secret to change your life. You’ve seen some of them. Here are some great ones:

  • Dollar Shave Club.
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  • 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.
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Of the above, I think Sea Monkeys have the highest probability of life change.sea-monkeys

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 stationdfgfgded 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:

  • Isolated.
  • Alone.
  • 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!
Isaiah 26:3

Now get on with it. He is waiting for you.

Amen, amen.

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