Prayer is raising one's mind and heart to God, some people's minds can be lifted and they stick where they are put, these people only pray once, for the rest of us, who are not Angels or plaster statue, we might have to raise our minds and hearts to God a hundred times during ten minutes of prayer - is that a bad thing?A distraction that struck me yesterday: Jesus was a man like us in all things but sin: isn't the account of the Temptations in the desert about how he himself dealt with distractions. Notice how he doesn't run away from the distraction but faces it to them and resolves them by turning to scripture.
We can't help birds flying over our heads during prayer: flying birds are not a problem. The problem comes when we put food and nesting material in our hair.
Don't run away from distractions, occassionally they can be God speaking to us, best to pray about them and turn them to God.
To avoid distraction in prayer avoid them in life, be single-minded in the pursuit of God.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Distractions in Prayer
Posted by Fr Ray Blake