A million (at least) and one things called to me today as I was about to pray.
I had guest but they were rising and leaving early, so I felt I should send them off with breakfast. It’s early. I’ll just scramble up a couple of eggs, brown some sausage, send them on their way and then pray.
Well, I’d might as well snatch those sheets off the bed and toss them in the laundry while I’m thinking about it. While they are spinning, I can pray.
Oh! I forgot; I have an appointment. I’d better jump in the shower and dress then, if I am running late, I’ll at least be already dressed.
Can you believe what that woman said? Let me sit down and catch this little snippet of Dr. Phil. There’s only about 10 more minutes in this episode, then I’ll pray.
I sat down on the sofa to journal my prayers. The sun’s rays poured through the blinds. Look at that dust! I’d better grab that Swiffer right now!
Dust. Seriously? Dust is going to keep me from praying? I don’t even like dusting. As a matter of fact, I hate dusting. It falls in line right after scrubbing toilets as far as I’m concerned, but I’m going to dust instead of pray? Really?
Enough already. I recognize these tricks of Satan!
And so I journaled.
Look at that handwriting. I hope you never intend to look back at these prayers, and surely you won’t let anyone else see this journal. Even God might be challenged to read this scribble scrabble.
Are you kidding me, Satan? You will try anything to distract me, any ploy to disrupt time with God.
THIS WEEK “Be self-controlled, sober-minded, temperate, vigilant, alert. Your enemy, adversary, great accuser, opponent (and chief distractor) the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” ( 1 Peter 5:8). He finds especially tasty those who love the Lord and who desire to spend time alone in prayer to Him. Schedule a time to spend alone with God, and meet that appointment just as you would one with your physician’s office or your employer. My rheumatologist charges you if you miss the appointment. God will not charge you, but you will miss a great blessing, a gift that He has just for you!