Many of you can remember when you were first led to the Lord. You can even remember when you prayed the sinner’s prayer. There are many versions of the sinner’s prayer. Here’s a typical one:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. (Source: Campus Crusade for Christ)
If you came to Christ through a moment of prayer like that, you were acknowledging His presence. My question to you is this: What has happened to you since? Have you remained in His presence…or have you fallen back into your former way of thinking?
It saddens me to say that most of us fell away from that sense of His presence. We were not even taught that we should seek to retain it. Instead, we were told to make habits of reading the Bible, praying, and going to church. But what about the habit of remaining in His presence?
In this regard, Paul told the believers in Colossae:
…as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
– Colossians 2:6
Paul is saying “The way you received Christ is the way you ought to live for Christ.” Applying Paul’s words to our lives today, we should live in the consciousness of the sinner’s prayer that we prayed – the consciousness that Christ is watching and listening to us. The sinner’s prayer is good, but we have not been sufficiently taught how to base our thought lives on it. It’s as if we, having been given the keys to the kingdom of God, opened the door, prayed the prayer, and then shut the door without walking through and staying on the other side.
Don’t be someone who has merely prayed the sinner’s prayer. Be someone who lives the sinner’s prayer. He who lives the sinner’s prayer walks in the presence of his Lord.
He who only prays the sinner’s prayer acknowledges momentarily the reality of the kingdom of God, but he who lives according to the consciousness of the sinner’s prayer – that is, who rebuilds the entirety of his thought life on the realities acknowledged in the sinner’s prayer – dwells in the kingdom of God.
Don’t merely be someone who knows about the kingdom of God. Don’t merely be someone who has declared allegiance to it. Be someone who consciously dwells in it 24/7/365.