Overcoming Distractions to Prayer

The day has been long–homeschool classes, errands, dinner, dishes, laundry, and maybe a bit of blogging if my eyes (and mind) stay clear. It is not an unusual day, just a disorganized one that seems to drag on with little accomplished.

What is missing this week that is different from last week when everything was completed with time to spare–and peacefully to boot.


The world tells mom her to-do list cannot spare time to pray, this mom has learned the hard way that’s a lie.

Sometimes it takes hitting the bottom of self-sufficiency, as I have done more times than I care to admit, to realize prayer is a necessity not an option. Developing a daily prayer routine can be a challenge with the pulls and distractions of this world. It’s often the mundane issues of life that quickly begin screaming for attention when prayer becomes a priority.

Tyranny of the Urgent
For me trying to prayer starts off with everything becoming an emergency.
* Grocery lists, errands, and appointments to make come to mind–and don’t leave.
* The phone rings.
* The kids start fighting.
* Or, my personal best…it’s early in the morning, I close my eyes to pray and wake up an hour later to all of the above.

Does this happen to you too?

The devil likes to make us think we are weak and unable to stick with prayer. It’s usually at this point a super prayer warrior comes to mind. “I’m sure Sister Does-It-All-Right doesn’t fall asleep and wake-up sprawled out on the living room floor with slobber dripping out of her mouth and the Fed Ex guy banging on the door.” From the newest believer to the oldest saint, everyone experiences challenge to prayer. The enemy of our soul is real and does all possible to prevent prayer from taking root in our lives.

How to avoid the first minutes of distractions:
* Have a Bible at hand–remember God’s Word is living, active, and sharper than any sword. (Hebrews 4:12)
* Keep a pen and paper nearby to jot down random items to take care of later.
* Put the phone on silent to avoid interruptions.
* Pray before the kids wake up or give them a project to do.
* Pray with eyes open and even out loud if you prefer!
* Spend the first five to ten minutes praising and worshiping the Lord. This could be speaking words of praise to the Lord from your heart or reading Bible passages such as Psalms 33. Prayer can even begin with singing praise and worship songs to the Lord.

Recognize the Challenge to Remain Alert:
Praying through the first minutes of prayer without becoming distracted, interrupted or falling asleep may take a few days or even weeks. Why? Because the devil’s goal is to stop our prayers. Recognize the situation for what it is–a spiritual battle attack on prayer. The devil does not care if we attend church or call ourselves Christian. What he does not want is a believer on their knees seeking the face of Almighty God.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV

Will you pray for me this week to stay focused in prayer? I will be praying for you too. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus!

“You know the value of prayer; it is precious beyond all price. Never, never neglect it.” Thomas Buxton

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 NIV

I’m linking with Mentoring Moments for Christian Women’s In His Presence Friday Link-Up today.


  1. Great article. I too have battled all the same issues. So glad it’s not just me. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I can definitely relate, Kellie!

    Love this: “Prayer is a necessity not an option.” I can’t even imagine where I’d be if I didn’t pray–or what state of mind either.

    It is exactly as you said: “a spiritual battle attack on prayer.” Our enemy doesn’t want us to pray–and when we don’t, he starts condemning us and comparing us to so and so. He won’t let up, which is why we can’t either.

    Thanks for this reminder.

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  3. Oh so good! It’s hard not to beat ourselves up about this, especially when the children are little and demands are so pressing. Thank you for sharing from the heart and giving some practical, manageable tips too!

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