DEVOTION: “The two methods by which we are allowed to produce events may be called work and prayer….Both are alike in this respect that in both we try to produce a state of affairs which God has not seen fit to provide “on His own”. And from this point of view the old maxim “Work is prayer” takes on a new meaning. What we do when we weed a field is not quite different from what we do when we pray for a good harvest.” (pg 21)
Ah. Work. Prayer. The same. For some…yes.
We work hard at prayer sometimes. It’s hard to focus, to just sit and focus on the prayer. I had a friend of mine tell me that he sometimes spends hours meditating. He said at first it was very difficult. It was like “herding cats” he said. The mind plays tricks on you, it wants to move all over the place instead of focusing on one subject.
Ever feel that way when you pray?
That all of a sudden everything that you forgot over the last few weeks now comes to the surface and distracts the little prayer time that you have?
We all do. You’re not alone.
How do we beat it?
We work at it. We train our minds to focus. To focus on one thing and when we find ourselves drifting away from that one thing, we reign in back in. Work for 1 minute, then 2, then 5 and so on.
It doesn’t happen overnight. But…we can beat our wandering minds!
PRAYER: Today. Focus on only one thing in your prayer today. Just one.