Distraction in Prayer

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Distractions can be a difficulty in prayer.  They can affect vocal, meditative, and contemplative prayer.  Distractions do not withdraw us from God; only sin withdraws us from God.  Distractions can be annoying and distressing, but lacking resolve and deliberation are not sinful.

Distractions need only be fought if they draw our heart away from God.  Small distractions may briefly draw our attention away from our prayer and God, but not our heart. These small distractions may even help draw our attention to God and His presence in our life.

It may help to present our distraction to God in prayer.  Is this distraction a path you desire me to take in my prayer?  If it is, I offer it to you. Help me to journey with you along this path.  If it is not, please come to my aid, my only wish is to journey with you along the path you desire.

St. Francis De Sales reminds us “it is not less profitable to us or less pleasing to God when it [our prayer] is full distractions; nay it will perhaps be more useful to us than if we had much consolation in it, because there will be more labor – provided, however, that we are more faithful in withdrawing from these distractions, and in refraining from dwelling upon them voluntarily. … What, then, can we do except have patience and not weary our labors, since they are undertaken for the love of God.”

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2 Responses to Distraction in Prayer

  1. seeker says:

    The more I become destracted in my thoughts and hearts when praying, the more I want to persist in reaching out for God. Blessings to you.

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