This week I discovered a new way to think about the practice of daily Bible reading and prayer. And it was Mike Tyson who helped me experience it. Here's what happened.
I was having breakfast with a friend and shared an insight I'd gained from my morning Bible reading. His response was, “You know, it’s so good to get that daily reset.”
“A daily reset with God,” I thought, “that’s the main thing I've gotten from my morning quiet times all these years!” Sure, I've gained Bible knowledge and I've covered a long list of prayer requests. But I immediately resonated with the idea of a reset because it implies that I get off track and need course correction. It wasn't long before I learned how much I need it.
One night that same week, I was exhausted, but it was too early to go to bed. So, I opened YouTube and got sucked into watching a 30-minute compilation of all 44 of Mike Tyson’s boxing knock outs. Bam, bam, bam! I couldn’t stop watching. When the video ended, I felt like I had a spiritual concussion. I went to bed trying to forget Iron Mike, but I couldn’t. Bam, bam, bam!
The next morning my heart still felt heavy, so I asked God to forgive my poor choice the night before, which led to a wonderful time in his Word and prayer. Oddly, my failure made me hungry for a deeper experience of God. That’s the daily reset. Every day I veer from what God wants me to do in some way, big or small, so every day I need to start over. And the best way to do that is to realign with his priorities and presence in the Bible and prayer.
The truth is, you can call it whatever you want. But try to approach the practice of Bible reading and prayer as a spiritual reset and see if you become more alive to God every day. Thanks Mike!