Journal #1 – Are Thoughts of Others Getting In The Way of Your Prayer Times?

Sometimes we can be almost obsessed in our prayer times and thoughts with another brother or sister, who we feel something negative about. It may even be a genuine and godly concern for this person but even our concerns for our brethren in this way can become too heavy a burden and even a blockage or distraction to being able to sit and rest in the Lord’s presence. What we have done unwittingly, is fixed our gaze upon this brother or sister.

All that is needed in this situation is to say to the Lord,  “I give that brother/sister to You” and each time they return to our thoughts,  we only need turn from them and fix our gaze back upon the Lord Jesus. We can do this by thanking Him for who He is, declaring and proclaiming who He is, or just focusing our thoughts on His splendour and glory. Miraculously, we are then relieved from this burdening obsession and we return to a place of peace and joy in the Lord’s presence and are more able to hear from Him and enjoy Him again.

Glory to God for showing us the way out of even these matters!


Parables and Flies

So I’m sitting here in the office at home and although it’s a much cooler day, it’s still a bit muggy. So I opened the sliding window and left the timber venetian blinds only just open a little. As I sat there with the cooler breeze coming in I was able to sit in quietness and meditate on the Lord and bring my petitions before Him. Not long into this, came a buzz. Quite a loud buzz.

Outside the window comes a large fly fossicking around the screen trying to get in the window. He had the whole outside world to buzz but he came to my window that I only just opened, at the time that I had set aside to commune with the Lord. Typical isn’t it.

Jesus spoke in parables a lot, so people could understand. I suppose parables are like shadows and types, that speak of a reality. So in a way, this incident with the buzzing intrusive large fly, served as a parable or shadow/type of how the devil tries to penetrate our prayer life but simply can’t.

For instance;

There was a woman who locked herself away in a room to pray. As she prayed a fly came buzzing trying to get in the window. Noticing the loud buzzing sound and watching the fly, the woman decided not to fuss and bother with attempts to whoosh it away but decided to wait in quietness and keep her heart set on the Lord. After a few moments the fly flew away and didn’t return.

And so it is with God’s people, when setting aside time to commune with Him, that devil, that Beelzebub (it almost sounds like ‘buzz’ doesn’t it?), comes along to try and cut in, tarnish, disturb and corrupt the time with the Lord. Beelzebub seeks to penetrate the prayers of the saints with so many distractions.

Thoughts of others, self and other matters, crazy thoughts and seemingly reasonable thoughts, yet all are distractions designed to draw the saints away from communing in that sacred holy of holies with God.

Yet if the child of God will remain rested in Christ, unperturbed yet alert, the devil will eventually give up and go away.