I often have a hard time staying focused. Sadly, my thoughts can stray even when I am praying! One minute I am conversing with God and the next I am thinking about what I am making for breakfast or about the load of laundry that needs to go in the dryer.
Sometimes multi-tasking is great, but when you’re praying… notsomuch. 🙂
To help stay focused and pray a coherent prayer, I will write it as I pray it, into my prayer journal. This helps me stay on track, pray more to the point, and helps me to dwell more on what I am praying instead of just rattling it off. I usually write a prayer and then add a list of specific prayer needs for friends and family, etc.
at the bottom and then I pray over those. That way I can just reference the list later if I need to and I can transfer needs that are still applicable on the list from one day to the next.
It’s not rocket science, but it really helps. 🙂
Works For Me Wednesday is hosted by Rocks In My Dryer.
I’ve done this sometimes too. It’s a great to stay focused.
I know that it’s Thursday, but I’ve kept your blog open on my computer because I wanted to leave a comment so I wouldn’t be a bloiterer! This is totally one of those “God things” for me! Recently, I haven’t had much time to read WFMW posts, but yesterday, I hopped out real quick before taking my daughter to gymnastics. Your link jumped out at me, I linked over, read your post and said, “Thank you Lord for leading me here.” You see, I had doubted that God with with me for awhile and have recently found Him again…He was… Read more »
Good tip. The journal would also make a nice chronicle of all the things you’ve prayed for over time and a reminder of the prayers that have been answered!
Thank you! I have trouble with staying focused during prayer also. I will try your suggestion.
Y’know – I’ve always meant to do this but I just haven’t sat down and DID it! LOL Think I’ll add it to my “new habits to learn” list! *wink* Thanks for the reminder!