Pure Heart, Answered Prayers Series
This Week’s Lesson: “Good Distractions”
Scripture: Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against pricipalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV).
As I sit here, listening to the rain and seeing a glimpse of the mountains through the trees, I thought about distractions. Yes, distractions! There are good distractions and not-so-good distractions when we are on our journey to answered prayer. This week I have had a few not-so-good distractions, but listening to the rain and seeing the mountains through the fog is a good distraction.
In the context of prayer, a distraction is anything that makes us take a detour from our ultimate goal of answered prayer from God. But, wait a minute, I just said there are good distractions. Yes, and there are good detours you may need to take, to get on the road to right praying. Sometimes, it is good to take a detour from the pressures of life because it can help you pray more effectively.
You can probably list a host of things that have happened just this past week or even yesterday that you needed to pray about - for yourself as well as for others. These things can be mind boggling and spiritually draining if you let them. For example: you may have several, not one, but several friends or family members battling cancer; issues on the job; people intentionally or unintentionally undermining you; some type of financial challenge; and on, and on, and on.
Taking a detour and resting in the Lord for yourself may help you be a better intercessor for others. This is especially true if you are someone whom it seems everyone calls on all the time. If this describes you, then you need to list some good detours that will revive you spiritually and put you back in the fight and on the road to answered prayer.
I have already shared one of my good distractions - the mountains. I can walk or drive to a location and look to the hills from whence cometh my strength (Psalm 121:1) and my problems seem to melt away. I am invigorated, strengthened and I can pray more effectively and fervently for myself and others.
What are some good distractions for you? Make a list and then, when you feel the need for a temporary prayer detour, go to that good distraction. Just remember to get back into the fight and on the journey to answered prayer. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV).
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Stephanie Wright, Dr. jur.
CGM Media Director