Do you ever wonder how some people can pray or meditate for an hour at a time? What do they think about and pray about for that long? How can they stay focused on their prayers? I admire these prayer warriors with their tenacity to pray for the needs of others. I often wish I might have the ability to pray for lengths of time, but seem easily distracted.

One way to stay focused while you pray is to repeat a word or phrase when your thoughts move in another direction. Once you recognize that your mind has drifted, begin repeating your chosen phrase to yourself slowly. Use the words or phrase as part of your prayer to God. Then begin again on your other prayers.

When you pick a word or phrase, make sure you find one that is meaningful to you. You might even find yourself repeating the word or phrase as you go about your day. Short phrases to focus on God often serve as a way to pray continuously (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

  • Pick a word that describes a characteristic of God. Love. Almighty. Eternal. All-powerful. Compassionate. 
  • Pick a short verse or short phrase from a verse. “The Lord is my shepherd.” “Lord, have mercy.” “My help comes from the Lord.”
  • Pick a phrase from a favorite hymn or Christian song. “Amazing grace how sweet the sound.” “A mighty fortress is our God.” “Jesus loves me.” “What a friend we have in Jesus.”
  • Pick a phrase from a famous prayer. “Hallowed be Thy name.” “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” “Thy will be done.” “O give thanks unto the Lord.”

What other ways might be useful to help regain our focus during prayer?



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