Friday, April 8, 2011

Overcome Distractions

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

—Matthew 6:6

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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, viz., prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the inner life. The psalmist said "Be still, and know" (Psalm 46:10), and Christ told us to enter into our closet, 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" (John 14:27). — A.W. Tozer



  1. Wow, this is exactly what I have been struggling with, I get easily distracted. I even wrote a post about it. Thank you Mrs Q

  2. So, so very true, Mrs Q... thank you for sharing that gentle reminder.

  3. I was very blessed by reading this reflection, dear Michele. I truly appreciated it. I confess that I must battle against distractions in my devotional life. You would think since I live alone (with no children or husband to interrupt me) that distractions would be no difficulty. Yet, somehow, I find that the computer and even other things in my apartment (did I wash the lunch dishes, is the shelf in the bathroom dusted?) can distract me. I have to be a bit firm with myself to bring my mind back to my spiritual devotions. *sigh* I have so far to go in my spiritual growth, it seems!

  4. Thank you so very much, ladies.

    Mrs. Q


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