Something happened to me yesterday that was most unusual. I quite uncharacteristically forgot an appointment at the dentist. This is particularly unusual in that I don’t mind going to the dentist, as I think my dentist is exceptionally good. I rescheduled the appointment for later today, but then panicked. What if I forget it a second time, once is forgivable, but twice is unthinkable. I tried all sort of different things to remind me, from putting it on my screensaver, writing the appointment in my diary, on my hand and backwards on my forehead so that when I looked in the mirror in the morning I would remember. My heart goes back to all those Hebrew boys and girls who had to learn to write backwards. It was quite a challenge for me.
Where am I going with this? Well I was reminded of my efforts as I browsed through the pages of Rick Warrens purpose driven life. I came across this pertinent passage;
"The Bible tells us to pray all the time." How is it possible to do this? One way is to use "breath prayers" throughout the day, as many Christians have done through the Centuries. You choose a brief sentence or a simple phrase that can be repeated to Jesus in one breath: "you are with me." "I receive your grace." "I’m depending on you." You can also use a short phrase of scripture; "For me to live is Christ." "You will never leave me." "You are my God." Pray it as often as possible so it is rooted deep in your heart. Just be sure that your motive is to honour God, not control Him."
I know that I for one need to be reminded of God’s presence in the everyday and the ordinary. I need reminding that the world is bigger than what we can see feel smell and taste. As Paul quotes in Acts "In Him we live and move and have our being."