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Focus When You Pray

 

(Matthew 12:43-45) “Whenever an unclean spirit goes out of a person, it wanders through waterless places looking for a place to rest but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will go back to my home that I left.’ When it arrives, it finds it empty, swept clean, and put in order.”

“Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and settle there. And so the final condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That’s just what will happen to this evil generation!”


(Luke 5:15-16) “But the news about Jesus spread even more, and many crowds began gathering to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. However, he continued his habit of retiring to deserted places and praying.”

 



No matter how large the crowd or how loud the music is, the voice inside your head will always be louder. It can take over your reasoning, and your concentration, and make you lose focus on what you are supposed to be doing. If it is the Holy Spirit, then it is a good thing, however, most of us face this problem when we are in God’s presence and trying to hear His voice.

The enemy makes sure to remind you constantly of the things that are unfinished in your life, the problems you have to face tomorrow, and the pain you are currently suffering. Don’t pursue the common practice of general meditation or emptying your mind which is a dangerous practice, as you have no control over which spirit enters your mind.

As we read in Matthew 12, all spirits are not from God, nor are they your well-wishers. The peace people talk about through spiritual meditation and focusing on one’s breathing…etc is an open door for demonic possession. Only when we surrender to Jesus Christ and fill our minds with God’s Word, can we safely know that He will speak to us.

Bob Gass gives us some pointers that have helped him focus more effectively when going into a time or prayer:

Pray aloud! That actually makes it difficult for your mind to wander. You may feel awkward at first, but you’ll soon get used to it.

Write down the distractions! Make the devil your secretary. Keep paper and a pen close by, and when the parade starts, simply write each thing down, and then forget it until later. If you still can’t help thinking about it, take it to God in prayer.

Keep a journal! Sometimes we don’t know what we want, or how we feel until we put it in writing. Like a mirror, there are our deepest needs and longing, our very subconscious on paper in front of us. From that point on we can give God our full attention.

 

 

No matter how popular Jesus became, He never neglected His time of prayer alone with God. Maybe it’s time to get serious about this issue.

 

 

Prayers

• Father, You are The portion of Jacob, He who loved Jacob, He who had accepted Job.
• Thank You, Jesus, for setting an example for us on how to spend time in prayer.
• Thank You, Lord, that You choose to speak to us alone and that we can pour out our hearts to You.
• Forgive us for becoming too important or too busy to put time aside for You.
• Forgive us for making serving others a priority instead of spending time with You.
• We ask that you give us the desire to organize a time daily to just be quiet in Your presence.
• We want to hear Your voice Lord, to be guided and warned by it, and to learn what You have to teach us.
• We cancel right now any evil spirit we have accepted in our lives through the practice of open meditation.
• Let today be the beginning of a long-lasting prayer relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen

1 Comment

  1. Deepa Daryanani
    6 October 2023 @ 19:11

    AMEN AMEN!! Thank you JESUS ! Thank you Abba Father ! 🙏🙌👏👍😊

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