the 2nd key to keep focusing on God through the day

I have an ongoing conversation most days, but its not what you might think.

It used to be as if a recording would be playing in my head of all the things I had been doing wrong or were fearful of – reminders of my failures, actual or perceived. My own voice (or so it seemed) constantly playing negative thoughts, replaying memories, or putting my worries into words.

And at times, it was my own voice, nagging at myself from within. But more often than not, it was actually the enemy taking pot shots at me, mainly because I left room for him to do so.

The second key I have discovered to keeping focused on God through the day is prayer.

When I pray, I open myself to have a two way conversation with Him. By focusing on what is Holy, and listening for Him to speak, I begin to train myself to recognize His voice with Holy Spirit’s help. By doing so, I become more able to discern when the voice I am hearing is my own, or is the enemy’s.

I find that when I pray throughout my days, I also make more space for Him to move in those moments when we connect, and some how I end up further ahead than I could be on my own steam.

When I add an attitude of gratitude to that of being constantly in prayer, my days grow brighter as I align my focus all the greater upon Him. Even on the days when I want to pull my hair from the stress, my knees want to buckle from the work load, or I want to lull the covers over my head to hide away, thanking Him for what I can and staying close to Him in prayer helps me make it through!

WORD:

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

WORSHIP:

“I Will Worship You” by Paul Baloche https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc0ZlUnYFUc

#hopefortheharddays

You hear my prayer

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