How many of you have been distracted at some point or another? I mean you were supposed to be studying for that test or writing that proposal, but you were caught up in the phone conversation or the television program instead. You were supposed to be preparing dinner, but the magazine article detailing the latest fashions caught your eye…so much so that your only reminder of the meal you were preparing was the sound of the smoke alarm ringing throughout the house. Or perhaps you were THAT guy who, while driving, saw a FINE—and I mean FINE—woman whose physique even made birds stop singing as she passed by. She was so fine and worthy of your attention that your only reminder of the fact that you were driving a car was the sound of crushing metal (and plastic) along with a horrible thud as you crashed into the row of parked cars on the opposite side of the street.
The truth is that we oftentimes focus on things, people, situations, ideas/thoughts, and even feelings that have no immediate value. Sure, I mean after you’ve nearly burned the house down or pay all that money to your insurance company and others for the crash you caused, you probably gain some very valuable lessons about remaining focused. However, there are some things we can do NOW through faithful prayer in order to avoid learning these lessons the hard way.
David, who has been credited with writing most of the Psalms has left some wise words from which we can draw power. In fact, I have learned to use scriptures to support my prayers. That is, I have been taught to use a scripture as my prayer point. For example, let’s look at Psalm 119:37 in the New International Version of the Bible:
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
These seven words offered to God as a request can be powerful! The Lord shared these words, His scripture in Psalm 119:37, with me a few weeks ago. Psalm 119 itself is very long and FULL of content, but the Lord had me to see this particular verse on a day and in a season I truly needed it. Honestly, I’m still in that season.
Now, think about it. If the Lord is attempting to maintain your attention so that He can get you from one point in your life to another; from one place in your life to another; from one level of relationship to another; from one way of thinking and believing to another, then please know that you will need to “Turn [your] eyes away from worthless things…”
God has given me the definition of “worthless things” in this case as the same definition He gave me for “distraction” in the Focused on Distraction post (May 6, 2016). Specifically, “worthless things” are any things that do not represent Christ and His righteousness.
Let’s use Psalm 119:37 as a prayer point to God (a request), substituting the phrase “worthless things” with some of the distractions that have caused us to crash and burn so often:
Lord, turn my eyes away from pornography.
Lord, turn my eyes away from over indulgence in food and drink.
Lord, turn my eyes away from premarital sex.
Lord, turn my eyes away from a need to satisfy people.
Lord, turn my eyes away from that women’s boobs.
Lord, turn my eyes away from that man’s crotch.
Lord, turn my eyes away from my bank account.
Lord, turn my eyes away from this secret affair.
Lord, turn my eyes away from wanting bragging rights about this new car.
Lord, turn my eyes away from wanting to be popular and famous.
Lord, turn my eyes away from this sickness the doctors claim I have.
Lord, turn my eyes away from the pain I keep holding on to.
Lord, turn my eyes away from my husband’s past.
Lord, turn my eyes away from my wife’s past.
Lord, turn my eyes away from the possibility of future hurts and pain through those I love.
Lord, turn my eyes away from my fears.
Lord, turn my eyes away from anything that does not represent Christ and His righteousness.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.