Thought and Prayer for Monday, June 24, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Imagine we are sitting in a living room with friends and talking while the television is on. Some of us are watching television while others chat. Then the phone rings. We answer but can’t quite hear the caller. We get up and go into another room removing the distractions in the living room so we can better hear. When we are listening to God, we have to remove the distractions as well. Listening to Him is not going to work well while we have other distractions in our lives. It’s time we identify and remove our distractions so we can hear God and allow Him to help us resist the temptations in our lives.
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us today to remove distractions so we can better hear You. Help us to remove distractions that tempt us to do wrong. Help us to remove distractions so we can focus on what Your will is for us and do it. Distractions keep us from knowing Your will and lead us to temptation. Help us today to put our complete focus on You knowing You will guide us in the right direction. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Distractions come in all forms. The devil will use anything and anyone to keep us from serving God.
When we aren’t doing the will of God, we need to identify what is distracting and tempting us and remove it from our lives.
We can get even distracted by our emotions. We should ask God today to help us stay calm in all situations so we aren’t tempted to react in ways that are not pleasing to Him.
Distractions can lead to temptations which can lead to sin.
Our actions from distractions can not only hurt us, but will hurt others as well.
We have to stop letting what others say and do distract us from living as God wants us to live.
1 Corinthians 7:35 “I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” (NLT)