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Day Twenty-Eight: Tozer on Overcoming Distractions

Posted by Amy Roedding , in 40 Days of Prayer 29 May 2013 · 2253 views

Read: Acts 20
Pray: That we, as a people of God, would be passionate and creative about sharing our faith with our neighbors and friends.


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 (Matthew 6:6).

Among the enemies to devotion none is so harmful as distractions.

Whatever excites the curiosity, scatters the thoughts, disquiets the heart, absorbs the interests or shifts our life focus from the kingdom of God within us to the world around us-that is a distraction; and the world is full of them. Our science-based civilization has given us many benefits but it has multiplied our distractions and so taken away far more than it has given....

The remedy for distractions is the same now as it was in earlier and simpler times, viz., prayer, meditation and the cultivation of the inner life. The psalmist said "Be still, and know," and Christ told us to enter into our closet, shut the door and pray unto the Father. It still works....

Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity; let us want fewer things; let us walk in the Spirit! Let us fill our minds with the Word of God and our hearts with praise. ln that way we can live in peace even in such a distraught world as this. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." (Tozer, Set Of The Sail: Directions for Your Spiritual Journey, pp.129-132).

Father - Today we have so many distractions. It is a battle to ignore them. Teach us to spend time in quiet with you and help us remember how powerful times alone with you in prayer can be. Amen.

  • Dennis Whalen, Debbi Meyer and Cindy Carroll like this

Thank you for sharing these timely words from Tozer. He was truly a man ahead of his time to be urging us to quiet meditation and contemplation. How we need reminded of this today.
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