5.7.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Prayer ADHD & Shiny Object Syndrome

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Prayer ADHD is a real thing and Friends, there are plenty of times when I develop a raging case of it.

Prayer ADHD is a close cousin to Shiny Object Syndrome which gets us off track when we’re trying to focus on Bible study.

I’d be doubtful of anyone who said they didn’t know what I was talking about…

You know how this happens.

You start praying and all of a sudden, the most random thoughts start popping up in your head.

(Maybe you revisit that argument you had with someone in the fourth grade or begin to ponder, “If colors had a scent, what would purple smell like?”.)

The enemy does not want us praying.

He knows the power of prayer and will hurl arrows of distraction at us anytime he catches us in prayer.

It’s an ongoing determination to stay focused.

He doesn’t want us reading our Bibles either.

He knows the power found in the Word of God, so he will try to distract us from doing it and learning more about God.

In 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

But Satan’s attacks aren’t always obvious.

He’s often subtle.

But I promise you, he is terrified of you with a Bible in your hand and a prayer in your heart.

Because he knows that makes you a force to be reckoned with…

That’s why he does whatever he can to distract you and get you off track.

It’s important to pray for focus.

Almost all of my prayers start that way because I know how easy it is for me to get distracted.

Being aware of his attempts to disrupt your prayer life is a key part of the battle.

It’s a matter of constant vigilance because as Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12–we aren’t fighting flesh and blood.

This is a spiritual war.

Today, as you pray, thank God that His word is so powerful.

Thank Him for the power of prayer.

Praise Him that both are stronger than our enemy.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you focus during prayer and Bible study.

Ask Him to protect you from the enemy’s attempt to distract you.

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