Pray time equal quiet time.  Recently, I attended a National Basketball Association (NBA) game.  It was my first live NBA game.  I noticed that when the opposing teams were shooting free throws, the hometown fans including myself, would boo, scream, and holler at the opposing players.  However, when our hometown team was shooting free throws, the fans would be quiet to allow the players to concentrate on making the basket.  The unspoken plan was to distract the opposing players.  When you think about it, outside noise is very similar to prayer time.

The world is full of noise.  Can I pay this bill?  Did I put my son’s lunch in his backpack? Will I get that much deserving raise at work?  Can I lose these extra pounds?  Noise…noise…noise.

Do you have a set time to pray?  Is it in a quiet place?  Do you allow your mind to be distraction free?  Why is this very important? In Matthew 6: 5 – 8 “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them.  Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father who sees in secret will repay you.  In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.  do not be like them, Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Ask God to speak and touch your heart.  You will find wisdom.  The wisdom that God has intended for you.  Seek a quiet place and time.  Clear your mind and heart, and pray to God.  Tell God about your weakness, strengths, fears, loves, and concerns.  God will heal your heart and provide wisdom for your life.  In your quiet sanctuary, you will find peace and joy.


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