Our Father in Heaven…
We begin well, but then, the distractions start to well, distract us. What do we do?
If you’re thinking about food, fast.
If you’re thinking about money, give.
If you’re thinking about hobbies, put away.
If you’re thinking about your to-do list, don’t do.
If you’re thinking about your fears, let go.
There is only one-way to overcome distractions: come over to God. Take the appropriate opposite action. Show your love for God by giving up the distraction.
There’s the motivation: it’s how we show our love for God. We’re not performing a ritual. Prayer is not a program or routine. It was never intended to be a struggle.
When we pray we enter into the Throne Room of the Almighty One.
Visualize the Tabernacle in Glory.
The altar at the gate flows with the cleansing redeeming blood of Jesus. Enter through the blood.
Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:14
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 1 John 3:21-22
Read His Word until the curtains of the Holy Place part, awe at the sight. The dividing curtain is gone. No more angels with flaming swords keeping us from His Presence.
Marvel at His Majesty displayed before you. Fall on your knees at the scene described in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 & 5. This is the place of prayer.
There are only two responses to such an encounter: worship through repentance. “Woe to me for I am __________________.” You will fill in the blanks. No one can truly enter His Presence and not be overcome by their sin. That’s how I know I am with Him.
Stay still. Here in this place nothing else matters. No hunger pains, no worries or fears, no worldly distractions can penetrate His glory. The things of this world fade away. Time stands still.
Let your heart worship and adore Him. Ask for nothing. Listen.
When He speaks, respond with a joyful “Yes Lord!”
Share your heart, accept His love, and enjoy each other.
Stay until you don’t want to leave.
If you need help,I’ll share more of what He’s teaching me in my next post.