If you’re part of the older generation, you will probably remember as a kid when your black and white TV would go all fuzzy and get those zigzag lines all across the screen blocking out your favorite TV show. While most TVs today don’t get that kind of interference, we are still distracted with a plethora of ads interrupting our show just at a critical moment!
And what about browsing the internet on our tablet or iPhone–it’s maddening at how many pop-ups and banner ads we get. Right there smack dab in your face–covering up what you want to read! And it’s like a giant maze just trying to finish reading the article to the end, avoiding all the ads and links diverting you away from the original article. Often, I mistakenly click on the wrong arrow and am led somewhere totally different.
Chasing a rabbit down the rabbit hole
It’s just the same in our spiritual lives–especially when we try to pray. How many times have you begun to pray and you’re interrupted by thoughts to do this or do that, or just check your e-mail, etc. And before you know it, you find yourself chasing the rabbit down the rabbit hole. I know, because it’s a daily challenge for me. Sometimes I dig back out of that hole, but other days I don’t and my prayer time falls by the wayside.
Satan loves to run interference to keep us from connecting with God through prayer. Below are some basic steps we can take to help us stay focused:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to come and direct your prayer time and help you focus.
If you are distracted by them, put your tablets & phones in another room. You may even need to give up using the Bible online and go to a printed version.
Keep a notebook nearby and when thoughts of things you need to do interrupt, jot them down and follow-up later.
Take a walk where there is nothing to distract you. I find walking helps me stay centered and focused in prayer.
What have you found that helps you escape the Enemy’s interference? Share your thoughts in the Comment box.
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Our destiny as a nation lies not in the hands of any political candidate or party but in the hands of the CHURCH!
America is currently caught up in an unprecedented frenzy of political madness! The leading candidates from both parties seem more like characters from a sleazy movie rather than leaders who possess character, integrity and the ability to lead a nation founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
But then, it can be argued that we are no longer a nation “under God” or governed by His principles. Our courts, public schools, universities and even churches have turned from belief and adherence to the Scriptures and have embraced the popular culture and political correctness which espouses individual freedom with no absolutes. Continue reading
I Can’t Hear You God—It’s Too Noisy!
I Can’t Hear You God–It’s Too Noisy!
How long has it been since you have really heard God speak to you? I’m not talking about an audible voice, but that still small voice in your spirit that you knew without a doubt was God? Many times we feel as though God has stopped speaking to us, but the fact is we have simply not given Him the time or space to speak into our lives. Teresa of Avila expressed it well when she said, “God is not really silent; we are deaf.”
A 2012 article in Parade Magazine, “What Your Nose Knows” revealed some interesting facts about our five senses, in particular, our sense of hearing. According to the article, at birth our ears are pristine organs, capable of discerning among more than 300,000 sounds, but after years of exposure to loud noises, the hair cells on the cochlea, in the inner ear flatten, becoming less sensitive. This constant bath of noise affects everything from our concentration to our health. Continue reading
How to move beyond prayers for “me and mine”–allowing your heart to beat in rhythm with God’s heart.
Discover Your Prayer Passion
Without passion, our prayer lives become stagnant, boring and ineffective. While most Christians believe prayer is important, few would use the word passionate to describe their prayer life. Instead, many admit to being distracted, bored and frustrated when it come to personal prayer.
Read the entire article which appears in the December 2015 issue of Charisma Magazine at Discover Your Prayer Passion
(This article is based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) which is available at Amazon.com and Kindle.