Why do we struggle to spend quiet, undistracted time alone with God in His word and in prayer?
I tell myself every evening that tomorrow will be different. Nothing else will happen in my day until I’ve had my time following Jesus into the word of God. Then the next day comes and the day comes flying at me.
Now, I know people always say to just get up earlier before anyone else gets up in my house. There’s a bit of a problem with this though. My husband gets up between 4 and 4:30 every morning. I’m not going to to try to beat him out of bed in the morning.
So once I’m awake the day just starts to slip away. Distractions, even minor ones, creep in and try to steal my time.
The enemy of our heart tries to destroy us with distractions.
I don’t know about you but then I’m trying to “squeeze” time for God in while I do other things. Maybe it’s just me but I often find myself reading from my Bible app while I’m walking dogs only to have my phone ring.
I sometimes feel like I can’t focus for more than about a minute at a time most days. So I find myself praying while I shower, out feeding sheep or doing dishes.
Now I want to make it perfectly clear, I want to spend time talking to God while I do all those things. There isn’t anything wrong with listening to God’s word from a Bible app when I’m walking dogs.
But...Jesus has been calling me away from the distractions. Asking me if I will whisper yes to following Him into the quiet.
As for me, this means when distractions want to run rampant in my life I will choose to put them on hold.
One of the most important steps I’ve made is no social media before my quiet time with the Lord. I want my genesis thoughts each day to be centered on truth I can trust, not the chaos of the world.
Another one is realizing silence has actually scared me. I’ve been known to fill my days with sound of some kind all day.
Saying yes to hearing from God more clearly
means saying no to so much noise!
This may sound a little simple but I also find when I first wake up, before I ever roll out of bed, I say “Good morning, Jesus.” Simply speaking His name first thing each day invites Him into my day.
Let’s be on guard for the distractions satan tries to throw at us to steal our time quiet time with our Heavenly Father. Stand firm against them!
I’m praying our daily whisper of YES to take Jesus’ hand will echo throughout our day.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
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