Pray (1)

02 June 2019
‘He…keeps us present before God.’

The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is praying on our behalf. The Message version puts it like this: ‘God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in us and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves…and keeps us present before God’ (vv.26-27 MSG). Sometimes we struggle to be ‘fully present’ in prayer. Sometimes when we pray, we’re not really focused. Maybe we’re just repeating words, or listing things off that we always pray about. Our hearts are not really in it. One of the main things that stops us from praying is distraction. Someone might interrupt us and need our attention. Our thoughts might wander off, and we find ourselves thinking about something completely different and forget we were praying in the first place. We might even get a notification on our phones and we become tempted to check that rather than carry on in prayer. We’re not alone when it comes to struggling with distraction in prayer. The disciples struggled with staying focused too. When Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked the disciples to keep watch but they fell asleep. So Jesus said: ‘“Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter.  “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak”’ (Matthew 26:40-41 NIV). But when He returned, they had fallen asleep again. When we’re praying, let’s try and put away all things that would distract us, and ask God to help us keep our minds firmly fixed on Him.

 

What Now?

Try writing down what happens while you’re praying. Write the things you’re bringing before God, and write anything you feel He is saying to you.

Sign up to get your copy delivered

The UCB Word For You

Read More

18th Aug 2019
17th Aug 2019
16th Aug 2019
15th Aug 2019
14th Aug 2019
13th Aug 2019
12th Aug 2019
11th Aug 2019
10th Aug 2019
09th Aug 2019
08th Aug 2019
07th Aug 2019
06th Aug 2019
05th Aug 2019
04th Aug 2019
03rd Aug 2019
02nd Aug 2019
01st Aug 2019
29th Jul 2019
28th Jul 2019
27th Jul 2019
26th Jul 2019
25th Jul 2019

 

 

Articles

When life hurts
'With God all things are possible'

 

Social Media