How well do you focus on the Lord when you pray?
I have the best of intentions…
I want to enter my War Room in warrior mode and make an impact on the battles taking place in the spiritual realm. But I struggle with ADD . . . my mind darts from thought to thought. It’s like looking at a computer screen with too many folders open.
That’s just what’s going on in my head. Don’t even get me started on how impossible it is to stay focused when external distractions tempt me.
Life is busy, loud, and hectic . . . it’s not easy to focus on the Lord when I pray. I’m guessing it’s not easy for you to focus on the Lord when you pray, either.
Our to-do lists are full and our phones buzz and beep with calls, text messages, and app notifications. Is it any wonder that it’s hard to find time for undistracted prayer?
I can have the best intentions when it comes to spending time with the Lord – but slowing down, getting quiet, and staying on track is hard…
So, I’ve come up with a list of words to help us focus on the Lord when we pray.
7 Words that will Help You Focus
on the Lord When You Pray
Pause to prepare your heart and mind. Remember . . . the God of the universe wants to spend time with you. He wants to talk with you about your flaws and failures. He invites you to share your hopes and dreams, your worries and anxieties, and your needs physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
When you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.Matthew 6:6
It’s so easy to skip the praise part and jump straight to the struggles. But when you and I remember who God is and all He has done, our problems seem less overwhelming. It’s in moments of praise we remember that He has always been and will always be the God of possibilities.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”Mark 10:27
Forgiveness! I need it and I need to give it! But it’s never easy, is it? It’s hard to admit our failures and commit to change but when we go to God with a repentant heart – we receive His mercy and grace. We are forgiven! And forgiven people are inspired to forgive others.
If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.1 John 1:9, Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
God invites us to come to Him with our needs and the needs of others. We are encouraged to talk with Him about our joys and struggles and our hopes and dreams. Jesus told us to bring our burdens to Him…
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Matthew 11:28
After we pray, repent, and ask . . . it’s time to intentionally give it all to God trusting His unfailing love and perfect care. It’s time to pray the words of Jesus, “I want Your will to be done, not mine.”
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.Romans 8:28
Sitting quietly and listening is really hard for my pinball brain. But it’s important. Ending our time of prayer intentionally sitting still in God’s presence gives Him the opportunity to speak to our hearts.
“Be still, and know that I am God!”Psalm 46:10
Waiting is hard. Trusting God’s perfect timing isn’t easy. Sometimes we just have to say, “Lord I will trust Your perfect will. Give me peace while I wait on You.”
Wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.Psalm 62:1—2
Focus on the Lord in Prayer
Father, I thank You for who You are. Your Word tells me that You promise to hear the prayers of Your children. You invite me to come before You with gratitude and praise . . . to bring You every care and concern. So, I come to You in humble thanks and praise.
Please forgive my tendency to restlessly focus on the world around me rather than on the “better things” You want for me. (Luke 10:42) Forgive me for worrying and failing to carry my burdens to You in prayer.
Please give me all I need to live this day for Your glory. Make me forgiving and kind, caring and compassionate. Heal those who are struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. Protect me from the enemy and by Your grace, surround me with Your love.
I trust Your will, Lord, and surrender myself to Your care. I believe that You are at work for my ultimate good and that You will provide everything I need to accomplish Your purposes in my life.
I will intentionally and quietly listen for Your guiding voice and I will pray without ceasing because I believe You are who You say You are and You always keep Your promises. I come before You in the precious name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.
When He preached the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said,
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”Matthew 7:7—8
Don’t give up. I think we all have times when it’s hard to stay focused. But by God’s grace, we are invited to return . . . to never stop praying. We are welcomed by the One who promises to hear the cries of our hearts and respond with a Father’s perfect love.
May you focus on the Lord when you pray and experience the blessing of being still in His presence.
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