Focused Prayer

Luke 22:39-65, Deuteronomy 30-32

Luke 22:46 – And he said to them, “Why are you sleeping?  Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Jesus, I totally relate to these disciples.  I sit down to read my devotions and meditate on your Word but my mind flits and flutters all over the place.  I think about the emails on my computer.  I think about the tasks that need to be accomplished.  I even glance over at Facebook to see what’s going on there.  I don’t want to miss a thing.  I bow down to pray and I can hardly finish a short little prayer without intrusive thoughts entering my mind.  It’s no wonder that the disciples fell asleep.  They were no more focused on you in the prayer life than I am.  Lord Jesus, turn my heart and my mind more and more to you.  Keep my mind tuned into you, O Father, and your will all day long.  Keep me from being distracted from loving you at all times.  Keep my heart from being weighed down with worries and concerns that are really yours to carry.  Keep me awake and alert, with my eyes always on you, not only when I meditate and pray, but also when I live my life.  Keep me from temptation and when it comes help me to overcome it.  I need your help in this Lord Jesus.  Please come and help me in meditation, in prayer, and in life.  Amen.