by Pastor Gene
“But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6).
Among the enemies to devotion none is so harmful as distractions.
Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or shifts our life focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us—that is a distraction; and the world is full of them.
Our science-based civilization has given us many benefits but it has multiplied our distractions and so taken away far more than it has given….
The remedy for distractions is the same now as it was in earlier and simpler times: prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the inner life.
The psalmist said “Be still, and know,” and Christ told us to enter into our [room], shut the door and pray unto the Father.
It still works …
Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us.
So, let us cultivate simplicity; let us want fewer things; let us walk in the Spirit; let us fill our minds with the Word of God and our hearts with praise. In that way we can live in peace even in such a distraught world as this.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.”
From A.W. Tozer, Set of the Sail: Directions for Your Spiritual Journey, pp. 129-132
- In all of the Western world, and especially in the United States, distractions abound! In the verse that Tozer quotes above, Jesus said, “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6). The verb – “go into your room” – is important here. Distractions don’t often remove themselves! So, if we’re going to get alone with God we have to purpose to make that happen. We have to “go” somewhere and get alone with Him. Do you have a quiet place? What’s your strategy for shutting out the distractions that hinder you from getting quiet before God?
- Tozer writes, “Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us.” Identifying specific distractions can help us to eliminate them. Which challenges repeatedly rise up against your prayer time? How might you minimize their effectiveness?
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