Bringing it in to focus….

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Ever notice how your mind wanders when you settle in for some talk time with the Lord?

It can be a challenge to focus on, and in, prayer. Sometimes it seems that the moment we decide to spend some quiet time with our King, the mind begins to wander. Silly things pop in. Random thoughts float by.

I heard a preacher say, “If you want to remember the things you forgot, commit to a prayer time.” That’s just about the time the enemy will bring to mind those things you forgot to do, people you forgot to call, food you forgot to buy, birthdays you forgot to remember. He will use any distraction he can to dissuade us from prayer.

Makes sense, when you think of it. If Satan can interrupt our time and conversation with our Father then he can interrupt our life. Distraction, distraction, distraction. What a formidable tool he uses.

Enter that fruit of the Spirit that we sometimes forget we bear: self-control. We can take control of those indiscriminate disruptions and purpose to set our minds on the Lord just as Paul instructs us in 2 Corinthians 10:5, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,…

We should see those thoughts as an affront to our time with our Savior and take up our shield and press forward in prayer. When Satan realizes that he can’t agitate us further, he’ll back off…till next time. But next time we’ll remember the last time and be prepared for our enemy’s tactics.

Wake. Pray. Slay, sisters!

Onward!

Carol

Carol Tirondola is on staff with the Partner Care team at America’s Keswick. She and her best friend, Mario, have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law that they call their “BFFs”. They also have 7 precious gems called grandchildren. Her family has savored many memories of the heart made at Keswick over the last 35+ years and she is thrilled to now be serving on staff!

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