Praying for Your Focus
If you are just joining us here, we have embarked on a book study of Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy HERE. (affiliate link) I also encourage you to go watch the movie War Room if you haven’t yet as it is a great encouragement to be serious about your prayer life. You can also join our Facebook group where we are taking the discussion on this study further throughout the week.
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Today we are looking at the second prayer strategy that is covered in the book:
Praying for Your Focus.
In her book, Priscilla Shirer says,
“Focus minimizes distractions, lowering your risk of being blindsided. It keeps you from being preoccupied, from overlooking important facts that would’ve been readily obvious if you’d only been paying better attention. Focus protects your goals and dreams from being consumed in small bites, stolen right out from under your nose in twenty-minute segments of compromise.”
Isn’t that the truth!
In our world today, it isn’t hard to get distracted. It seems like distraction is the thing that our enemy uses to keep us from focusing on what’s important.
It reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, which is about a devil named Screwtape who writes to his nephew called Wormwood. In these letters he gives all kinds of ways to get a Christian off track and one of those ways is to keep them distracted. Here is a quote from one of the letters:
Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick ~ Screwtape (C.S. Lewis) Click To Tweet
You will say that these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,
Your affectionate uncle
I highlighted the line, “Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick,” because it really points out how distractions can be quite profound in the life of the Christian.
Distractions can keep us from focusing on what’s important: prayer, spending time in the word, growing in our relationship with God, doing what we were called to do, doing Kingdom work…the list can go on and on.
Sometimes distractions can come to us in the form of “good” things. John C. Maxwell says to this: “Say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.” The truth is, our schedules may be full of great things, but they may also be distractions from what is best for us.
What kinds of distractions do you struggle with? How do they keep you from having focus on what’s important? How can you develop a prayer strategy to keep distractions at a minimum and help you keep your focus on what is truly important?
Proverbs 5:1-6 says:
1 My son, stay focused; listen to the wisdom I have gained;
give attention to what I have learned about life
2 So you may be able to make sensible judgments
and speak with knowledge.
3 You see, the lips of a seductive woman speak honey-sweet words;
they are smooth like oil and enticing.
4 But in the end, she is bitter,
turning the stomach and rotting the soul;
she cuts as deep as a double-edged sword.
5 She leads you down a path that can only end in death;
her steps lead eventually to the grave.
6 She does not travel the road to life and truth.
She follows a wandering path—
a rocky, pit-filled road that twists and turns—and she doesn’t even know it.
Distractions can be very appealing, seductive even, but in the end they lead to nothing. That’s why staying focused and not letting the enemy use distractions to lead us down the wrong path is so important. Spend some time developing your prayer strategy for this area of your life today.
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