Fighting distractions

I know better than anyone that the harder we try to hold on to Jesus and read our Bible and teach our children the right way to treat other people, the more and more the world is going to beat up on us, trying to get us distracted from spreading the gospel.  Satan uses every tool in his arsenal and pushes every button he can to get us to step off of the path we are walking with Jesus.  I have been told recently that Satan can’t hear our thoughts like God can, so we have to tell him out loud to leave us alone and that we are the children of God.  I thought it was an interesting thought and pondered it a few minutes and then filed it away.

In the month after that, I cannot tell you how many times I have said it to others who were going through trials.  But, I didn’t have proof that it would work until I tried it myself.  One morning that I felt especially great and was singing my worship songs (off-key mind you  🙂 )  All of a sudden, I felt this pressure on my temple that I haven’t felt before.  I have headaches almost every day, but this was a new kind of pain.  It felt like someone taking their finger and pressing it into my temple…hard.  When I found myself saying leave me alone and get out of my head…I was shocked when the pain stopped.  And I had no headache at all that day. I’m convinced that Satan uses sicknesses to distract us from God and what we should be focusing on.

 

Hanging Boxing Gloves

 

There are so many things the enemy can use as tools against us, and we don’t always recognize them as the enemy. Life has us so busy that we forget to fellowship with important people in our lives, much less seek someone who is not easily seen or heard. We are constantly striving for the next big tech release or keeping up with the Jones’ or the next promotion that we forget about the people next door or in the next desk that need us to notice them. We are very proud of the accomplishments and think that are of our own power, but the truth is that nothing happens without God’s approval first.

When I find my brain spinning and I feel out of control, I have to remember to pray and ask for wisdom. How do you fight the enemy and keep your eyes where they should be?

What does praying look like?

My heart has been tumbling this concept around for a while now.  What does it look like to pray?   If you don’t pray the “right way,” does that mean God doesn’t care about what you are praying for or for some reason ignores you?  “No, He says.”  Does it mean that when people who DO bow their heads are listened to with more love or concern?  “No. God hears everything we pray and the things we don’t even know how to put into words.”   But, I have heard people say that they hit their knees to pray.  After hearing that I feel like maybe I’m not doing it right.  If I’m not “showing reverence” for my Savior, does that mean I love him any less?  Definitely not.  So, do you have to kneel?  Do you have to bow your head?  Does God care how it looks as long as we are talking to Him?

I spend a good amount of my day driving and somewhere between most and all of that time are devoted to singing worship songs and praying before I get to work.  But, I also talk to God throughout the day, whether it be to pray for a friend who has asked for it, a situation that has just come mind, or just simply to ask Him to make clear to me what His will is in the situation I’m facing.  How could I possibly have my hands folded, head bowed and eyes closed every time I talk to God?  But, I feel like I’m not giving Him my all and He deserves nothing less than that.

Is this something that Satan is putting in my head to get me distracted?  I really would like to hear some thoughts on what you do or don’t feel you need to do, etc.  Are there any scripture references that I don’t know about?  Please share your thoughts with me.  Thanks!  🙂