Asheritah Ciuciu is the author of Unwrapping the Names of Jesus and Comfort Food: Overcoming Food Addiction with the Word of God. Asheritah grew up in Romania as a missionary kid and then studied English and Women's Ministry at Cedarville University in Ohio. Her passion is helping women find joy in Jesus through a deeper walk with God, and she shares vulnerably from her own life experiences on OneThingAlone.com. She is married to Flaviu, a web programmer and artist, and together they raise their spunky daughter in northeast Ohio.
Do you ever sit down to read the Bible, pray, or work on something important, and find yourself distracted by all. the. little. things?
Yeah, me too.
I was talking to a reader online this week, and she was sharing how hard it is to focus, especially when it comes to important things. I totally get it. It seems like the more important the task is, the more easily I get distracted.
So for you, and me, and my friend, and everyone else who lacks focus during daily devotions, I offer this simple prayer.
A Prayer for Focused Quiet Time
Oh Lord, You know my heart.
You know I sincerely want to grow closer to You and spend time with You, but I get so easily distracted. Like a silly sheep, my mind wanders, and I find my thoughts far from You.
Forgive me for my undisciplined thoughts. Forgive me for so often giving up instead of persevering despite my distraction. Forgive me for choosing the easy path instead of the more difficult, disciplined route. I really want to know You more. I want to spend time in Your presence, to learn to sit quietly at Your feet without a million thoughts distracting me.
Teach me, Lord, how to be still. Like a Good Shepherd, lead me beside still waters. Quiet my soul. Bring order and calm to the chaos in my mind, so that I can spend time in quiet and joyful meditation with You.
Thank You that you are willing and able to do these things, and that when I am weak, You are strong.
I love You.
Free Prayer Printable
I hope that prayer helps you as it has helped me.
I made this downloadable printable you can place in your prayer notebook, if you’d like. My desire is to help you grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus, any I hope this will help you do that when you need to be more focused in your quiet time. Just click on the image below or click here to download it to your computer, and feel free to pin it to Pinterest or share it with friends!
I’d love to hear from you: How do you stay focused when your mind wanders?