“It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Over the last year or so as I’ve shared from stage the heart behind my book HURT ROAD, I’ve realized that my biggest passion in life is encouraging people to live a life of moment-by-moment faith in God.
We aren’t wired that way. We get up in the morning, maybe read a Bible passage and say a little prayer. Then we close our Bible and say “OK God. I got it from here,” and live the rest of the day out of our own flawed human striving. It doesn’t have to be that way. God wants to be a part of our entire lives. He wants to be in a daily, moment-by-moment relationship with him.
Jesus talked about “abiding in Him”. Paul wrote about “praying without ceasing”. How do we do that? I think it starts with an attitude of the heart.
The words above were written by C.S. Lewis in the middle of the last century. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard anyone else describe moment-by-moment faith any better. First thing in the morning, you pray and entrust God with everything that’s on your heart and mind. A daily quiet time is a great way to go about this.
But don’t let it end there. As you go through your day, keep that same prayer in the back of your mind. Trust God with everything you do. And more importantly, trust God with everything that happens to you.
It takes a little bit of prayerful practice, but after a while you will find that you can maintain this attitude of prayer throughout the day. That prayer becomes the backdrop for every conversation, every interaction you have with others. Before too long, your very life becomes a prayer. It’s an amazing place to live from.
Abiding. Praying without ceasing. Moment-by-moment faith. Not only are they possible, but they are exactly the kind of life God wants us to live.