Psalm 10:4 for August 24, 2009
~In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.~
One of the hardest things to do during a quiet time is to keep our minds from wandering. Just as soon as we begin to pray or meditate, it’s as if someone turned a radio on, broadcasting all sorts of stuff from our life. Once we start thinking about those things, we soon lose contact with God.
Because of such thoughts, many of us leave our time of daily devotions distracted and discouraged. We may plan to spend time with God later in the day, but the reality is that we rarely do. We’ve been spiritually robbed by our own thoughts.
The apostle Paul once wrote that we have the power to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” [2 Corinthians 10:5]. Giving God our thoughts during quiet times requires that we discipline our minds to pray. Speaking out truth about God often turns our thoughts from our problems to his greatness. And keeping a notebook nearby to write down distracting thoughts will help us put them aside until we can attend to them later.
The next time distracting thoughts interrupt your prayers, try some of the above suggestions and see what works for you.