Distraction and Prayer

Distraction and Prayer

“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone”
Matthew 14:23

“Christ choosing solitude for private prayer, doth not only hint to us the danger of distraction and deviation of thoughts in prayer, but how necessary it is for us to choose the most convenient places we can for private prayer. Our own fickleness and Satan’s restlessness call upon us to get into such places where we may freely pour out our soul into the bosom of God.”
– Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

Aim High

“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him” 2 Timothy 2:4

The redemptive work of Christ saves us from “civilian pursuits” and brings us into the pursuit of Him. In our pursuit of Him we become disentangled with other things. The immensity of the love of God frees us from the love of the world. There is something captivating about Him that renders all other pursuits vain and empty.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46

Brian Troxel

The Eternal Destiny

The Eternal Destiny

“And this is eternal life, that they know you,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent”
John 17:3

The Final Destination (an excerpt from his poem)

“After years of searching
I’ve become aware
Through lessons of grace
This wisdom to share

Our final destination
Is not a place
But it is of
Gods’ eternal embrace…”
Daryl Madden

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