Inside: These 3 tips will help you stay focused during quiet time with God. No more falling asleep or being distracted during prayer or Bible study!
It was as if all the stars aligned that morning.
- I actually woke up on time … relatively
- My boys were happily entertaining themselves in their room
- I even got out of the bed instead of hiding under the covers
I grabbed my Bible, journal and headed to the living room for some much needed time with God. I couldn’t wait to just sit down and enjoy some time in His presence.
There was just one problem …
I couldn’t focus. My mind was all over the place. I stared at the pile of laundry that still needed to be folded. I thought about all the errands that needed to be run that day. And for some reason, I suddenly couldn’t remember if it was time to get the oil changed in my car.
Distractions often derail the best-laid plans when it comes to time spent growing our faith and deepening our relationship with God. And they aren’t always things related to housework or the kids.
- Sometimes there’s just so much going on that it’s hard to reign in our thoughts and emotions.
- Our children are going through a tough situation and we are overwhelmed by the desire to help
- We feel burden by the weight of all the evil going on in the world
- There’s so much pain in our personal life that it’s hard to take a breath and look up for help
3 Quick And Easy Ways To Stay Focused During Quiet Time
Whatever the reason or the cause we can’t allow distractions to keep us from the one thing that will help us find hope, peace and maybe even finally put that laundry away.
What are we to do when distractions come? Here are 3 things that have really helped me in the past.
1. Have a Plan
One the best ways to avoid being distracted is to have a plan. Knowing where you are going to have your quiet time, what you are going to study or pray about and having all your supplies in one place is a great way to get started.
Having a plan also helps to take the guesswork out of your time with God. No more decision fatigue. No more minutes wasted trying to figure out what to read when you open your Bible.
2. Reading and Praying Aloud
Confession: I have a bad habit of falling asleep while I pray. And sometimes I fall asleep face down in my Bible instead of reading it.
I have found that reading and pray aloud helps me to stay awake during my quiet time, especially if it’s evening after the boys have gone to bed.
One reason this is so helpful is that it helps with retention. As you are reading your Bible and saying the verse aloud it begins to take root in your heart. After an entire week of reading the same verses over and over again, you’ll definitely have it hidden in your heart.
Related: 3 tips for memorizing scripture
3. Dealing with Distractions as they come
Sometimes God will bring a person or situation to mind while you are studying and praying. This is not meant to be a distraction. Instead, it’s usually the Holy Spirit’s way of prompting you to pray for them.
Sometimes no matter what you do distractions will come. But all hope is not lost. Here are a few things you can do:
- Pray and ask God to help you stay focused
- Take some time to do a brain dump before you get started. This will clear space in your mind and heart so that you can hear from God more clearly
- When something interrupts your thoughts during your quiet time keep a scrap piece of paper nearby to jot those thoughts down. This way you quickly refocus but still have a list of things that need to be looked at later
The next time all the stars line up for your quiet time with God you’ll have a few tips to help you deal with any distractions.