Matthew 6:6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and Your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (NKJV)
When you pray, do you ever find yourself being inundated with other thoughts and a myriad of distractions around you? I do, I have to confess.
During my bible and prayer time recently, I found my focus drawn to activity in the garden. I was trying to say the Lord’s Prayer, but I kept interjecting my own thoughts into it. It was so persistent that I decided I would write down my attempts. Here it is.
Our Father who art in heaven. Uh-oh, here comes a pesky squirrel.
Hallowed be Thy Name. I wonder did you spill the feeder yesterday, to get to the seed?
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. You’re very fortunate you are quicker on your feet than me.
Give us this day our daily bread. Even the squirrel!
And forgive us our trespasses Even those of us who plot against Your squirrels.
As we forgive those who trespass against us. Gotta be the squirrels!
And lead us not into temptation, I plot to hurt it, but would not
But deliver us from evil. It is one of your creations too.
For Thine is the Kingdom And it belongs to you just as much as I do.
The Power and the Glory I give up! I’ll continue to watch – but not during my bible time. Sorry, Abba!
Forever and ever, Amen
See what I mean? Wasn’t that pitiful? Reading it, I was ashamed of my poor effort and my lack of focus. My focus should have been on God and His Prayer – not on the squirrel in the garden.
Prayer: Abba, I thank You that you are tolerant of my weaknesses and foibles. Forgive me when my attention is taken from You. Direct me to focus on You and You alone, for You are more than worthy. Amen.