Re-Membering Undivided Attention

Written by St Andrew on . Posted in Come and See

This space has its roots in the history of how this congregation came to be - a group of Jesus followers inviting others to come and see Christ and live that faith out together.  Once a month, we will bring forth a devotional from years gone by.  Today we re-member (put together again in our minds) from thirty years ago  in the Lenten Devotional of 1984 - March 24th to be precise:

"What did you say?"  I've said that often to my children and to David when I suddenly realized that one of them was talking to me and I hadn't been listening.  I am often preoccupied with my own thoughts and have to be prodded to give my attention.

Sometimes I act as if I have to approach God in the same way others must approach me.  I pray in order to get His attention so that He will be aware of my concerns, or needs, or difficulties and will focus on my problems.

Jesus said, "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." (Matthew 5:7-8 )

If I really believe that God is omnipresent and gives me His undivided attention always, then it is I who finally become aware of God's presence when I pray.  He has been there all along, wanting to meet my needs and it is I who has been ignoring Him.  He asks me to pray primarily to build a relationship with Him, so I will learn to know Him and to trust Him in all things.

Can you imagine having someone's undivided attention at all times?  In this world of constant distractions, it hardly seems possible.  Yet each of us has One who is that available.  Like Brother Lawrence we have only to learn to "practice the presence of God" every moment.

~ Carolyn Moses

"And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He dwells with you, and will be in you." 

John 14:16-17