I was visiting a home in a South Carolina mill town when the conversation turned to prayer. In the course of our discussion, I confessed that I sometimes let daily concerns distract me from communicating freely with God. I know what you mean, the lady of the house said. It was so difficult for me to pray while I was having financial troubles a few months ago. I worried so much, my prayers didnt seem to go higher than the ceiling. I couldnt sleep one night because of it. I paced the floor and cried out to God, but still I could get no sense of peace about my situation. So I went outside and climbed up the ladder that a roofing crew had left there in the middle of a repair job, just to sit on the roof and pray. I said, Lord, I dont want anything to come between usnot even this roof. Right away, I felt Gods peace settle over me and I knew I would be all right.
The roof wasnt the obstacle, of course. Preoccupation with her financial needs (including the roof repair) was. So when she put herself physically in a posture that disregarded all of those concerns, she was able to converse with God freely again. I dont recommend that you climb up on the roof in the middle of the night. But see if you can put yourself in a posture that disregards everything distracting you from God so that you can talk freely with him and he with you.
Lord, I dont want anything to distract me from You, not even this ________________. The one thing I really need is my relationship with you. Amen!
-Joe Allison, Coordinator, Publishing and Creative Services for Church of God Ministries, Inc.; CGM Liaison, Transformation Team