Jesus said, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness, if then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No human can serve two masters. You will hate the one and love the other. You cannot serve God and problems.”
When you pray with the single eye it means to keep your eye focused on just on God. Many people see in different directions with their two eyes. They see good and bad at the same time. They look to the problem and then glance at God, while never taking their other eye off of the bad situation at hand.
They divide their allegiance and the focus of their vision between the good and the bad.
When you look with total faith ONLY to God, you are given the ways and the means to go through your day and through the journey that is called your life.
When you focus on the problem more than God, it can become overwhelming. When your vision is single upon your problem and the challenges in your life, you can become frozen in fear, panic, and anxiety. Your faith is weakened, divided and diffused when glancing back and forth between God and the problem.
You are meant to be a partner with God. You will find that you always succeed when you get beyond yourself, and your small limited human thinking that cannot look beyond its problem. When you go to God, to the church of your choice, and in your private prayer times that take place daily with meditation and reflection, you see an enlarged view of your world. You realize it is not limited by the small circumstances that you find yourself in, temporarily.
Your world is meant to be enjoyed. You are meant to bask in your days, not dread them.
Faith is cumulative, but so is fear.
Some people go through their days making a God of their problems instead of a God of God.
It is not enough to read about God and to just hear about God. You must take time to experience God. To bring God into the experience of this day’s life is the answer to your moment-to-moment happiness. The old hymn says, “Open my eyes that I may see.” To have eyes that are opened ONLY to God permits you to have an enlarged vision.
A woman by the name of Mary dreamed of opening an ice cream store. For ten years, she saved her money and opened her store. The store did not attract many customers. The lack of business turned the dream into a nightmare. She felt like she might have made a mistake. She realized her problem. When she was praying for her dream, she felt guided and motivated, but after she received the answer to her prayer, she stopped praying. She worked so hard that she said she felt quite spent, and needed to be refilled with energy and power. She started to have a daily devotional time. She went back to church every Sunday and Wednesday night. She recommitted her life placing God first instead of the worldly success path.
She said, “I still worked just as hard or even harder, but there was a difference in the energy that I had going into my days and coming out of them. The energy of God surrounded my ice cream store. Month after month, I saw gradual increases in business. I came to realize that God was my partner and that the weight of the world was no longer upon my shoulders alone. I made God the first partner of my business. I look only to God and God gives me vision and hope. God helps me make all business decisions and relieves my daily pressures. Life is more than developing a business. To truly live, you have to develop a life. You have to be allied with God every single day and every single moment of every single day.”
Today, Mary has a remarkably successful business AND LIFE!
A whole lifetime is the cumulative sum total of a lot of little events tied together. God-filled days add together to equal a blissful life. Every time you pray, it is an investment in your own good life. Prayer is accumulative.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Today, I lift my vision to God. I look to You, God, with the single eye.
I trust you, God. I know, God, that You know the way and that You know how to help me do everything that I need to do today.
I am thankful that I am connected to You, God.
The weight of the world is off of my shoulders right now.
The weight of my world is upon Your shoulders, God.
I live this day to serve you.
I am in this day to learn, and I agree to be teachable.
I agree to take a portion of my day to learn from you.
Today, I will spend 30 minutes in quiet reflection with You, God.
You are my problem solver, my answer to my every need.
I keep my focus on You, and I do not waver back and forth between You and my problem.
I will pray first, listen to Your guidance, and then function as You direct.
I ask You to show me the way.
I go to You to be refilled anew and to be cleansed from past hurts and disappointments.
Dear God, cleanse me of the baggage of wreckage of past mistakes and failed experiences, so that I can go into this day as a new creation. I have lived my whole life for this moment in time, and I will not waste one second of it in the idle worry that occupied much of yesterday.
I do thank You, God, for being with me, continuously. I also thank myself for giving myself a second chance to choose Your way, instead of solely my own.
Today, I will be loving. Today, I will be caring.
Today, I will seek to be unselfish. I will make a difference today in my own life and in the lives of those around me.
I pray that many people are positively touched by my presence.
God, this is so, because You have touched my presence first.
In Jesus Christ’s name … Amen
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION:
Today, I keep my vision focused high upon God!
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE:
“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” -Gandhi
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