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By Nigel Ring

Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

That’s such a challenging statement by Jesus. It’s so easy to lose focus on what’s most important, even vital. If you are like me, you can be quickly distracted from your main task. We are surrounded by distractions. These seem to grow daily as we are accosted by information technology and the demands of the world.

Personally I find the greatest distractions often come when I am having a time of prayer and Bible reading each day. It is not helped by the fact that my daily readings are on my smartphone.

What are some practical tips to prevent us being distracted?

Jesus said that we are to go into a quiet place and shut the door (Matt 6:6).
Turn your phone off, or at least put it on ‘flight mode’
Have a piece of paper and pen beside you so that if a ‘do it’ thought comes into your mind you can jot it down and return to it later.
Be self disciplined. We are not under law, but grace does not equate to indiscipline.
Use some sort of structure to help you pray. I always hang my prayers on the ‘pegs’ of the Lord’s Prayer – Jesus told us to ‘pray like this’ when asked by the disciples how to pray.

Avoid distractions - enjoy being in His presence. And take this same focus into the rest of your day.

As you look ahead to this week:
What things most distract you from the most important stuff?
How will you overcome them this week?

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