Morning Seventeen: Prayer Against Distractions
28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus
Dealing With Distractions
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”Philippians 4:6
There are two primary reasons why we pray. The first is obedience to the Lord and the second is more pragmatic prayer works. God answers prayer, but while answered prayer is one of the great motivations to pray, unanswered prayer can discourage one’s prayer life.
Distractions in prayer are things that prevent one from focusing on prayer, and this can bring about unanswered prayers.
There are two types of distractions:
External, e.g. toddlers, cell phones, environmental noise, etc…..
Internal e.g. need for food (hunger) or sleep, preoccupation, “thought-life”, the enemy’s suggestions, enticements, lack of self-control, etc.
We can overcome these distractions by committing to a routine of prayers for weeks or months, quieting ourselves to hear God, both internally and externally, finding a peaceful and quiet place to pray, prioritising prayer (do not let a day go by without spending time with God), taking care of all external forces that can distract us, before going into prayers, working on our “thought-life”, applying self-control, and committing ourselves to the Lord before embarking on prayers.
Once you realise you are distracted in prayers, turn your heart and mind back to your prayer, with the help of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26). Do not examine the distraction to the extent that it would begin to weigh you down.
1. Father, give me the power to pray prevailing prayer.
2. Every form of distraction to my prayer life, give way, in Jesus’ name.
3. Lord, help me to focus more on You, so I will always receive whatever You have for me in the place of prayer, in Jesus’ name.
As I start this day, help me remember that I belong to you, and my desire is to act accordingly. Keep my feet from stumbling and my mind from wandering into distractions that could steal precious time and energy from the most important things you have designed for me. I’m proud to be your child, Lord. And I’m so grateful that you died for me—rising again on your own new morning—so that every day could be filled with the wonder of your love, the freedom of your Spirit, and the joy of knowing you. In Jesus’ name. Amen