Do you need help fighting distractions while you’re praying? You’re not alone!
It doesn’t matter what group of women I’m talking to. When it comes to why we don’t pray the way we should, the number one complaint I hear is:
“I get so distracted!”
Not only do distractions keep us from praying, but when we do actually sit down for a focused time of prayer, our minds wander and we just can’t seem to focus.
If we’re seeking to grow in our prayer lives, distractions and a wandering mind can be a huge discouragement.
Here are three simple ways I have found to fight distractions while I’m praying.
3 Simple Ways to Fight Distraction While Praying
1. Pray the Scriptures.
Praying the Scriptures is most likely one of the most life-changing realizations regarding my prayer life. Learning to pray the Scriptures has injected my prayer life with greater focus, consistency, and power.
Matthew 6:7 says,
“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.”
Before learning to pray the Scriptures, I felt like all I was doing was “heaping up empty phrases.” Learning to read and study God’s Word, and then responding in prayer with God’s Word has been truly effective at keeping me faithful and undistracted in prayer.
If you need help getting started praying the Scriptures, then I highly recommend Donald Whitney’s book, Praying the Bible. It is a short read, but it will have a profound, quickly applicable, impact on your prayer life.
2. Write your prayers.
Another strategy for fighting distractions during your prayer time is writing your prayers.
I have found that writing my prayers helps me to focus my mind on what I’m praying. I think there is something to keeping our hands busy while we pray to help our minds focus.
An added bonus to writing your prayers is the benefits of being able to look back and see all the ways God has answered your prayers, and worked in your life, and in the lives of the people you are praying for.
If you need some help creating a written prayer strategy, then I highly recommend Priscilla Shirer’s book, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. She walks you through specific areas of your life you should be praying for and suggests applicable Scriptures to use when crafting your prayers. It’s a great “getting started” guide for writing your prayers.
3. Keep your planner nearby.
If our minds are wandering, it usually has to do with all the things on our to-do list we need to do, items we need to add to our shopping lists, etc.
As women it can be really difficult to turn our brains off from the overall running of our homes to focus on participating actively in the thing that’s most important to the running of our homes – prayer.
I have found that keeping my planner nearby when I’m praying helps me to capture those things I’m worried about forgetting while not allowing the “to-do list” to hijack my prayer time. I simply jot down whatever crosses my mind and go right back to praying.
Then when my prayer time is finished, I collect those thoughts and distribute them onto the necessary lists and take action.
I personally use a Bullet Journal for planning my days. You can check out how I set up my Bullet Journal for 2018 here. Plus there are links in that post to other planning posts that you might find helpful.
What about you? What are some ways you’ve found to be helpful in keeping your mind focused when praying?
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