1 Corinthians 7:35
I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.
I really think paying attention to God is a key spiritual practice and one we don't always "pay attention" to. ~Jean Wise at Healthy Spirituality
When our granddaughter, Virginia Rose, visits with us, we engage in the usual activities: Playing with Crazy Sand; building with Legos; searching Google images for pictures of spider webs (yes, I know that sounds odd, but she has a fascination with them); feeding the birds and squirrels, and completing several riotous rounds of the Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game. But with Virginia's mother's birthday fast approaching, I steer her to the table, retrieve paper and crayons, and encourage her to create a memorable card.
Virginia works diligently, paying close attention to every detail as she draws.
Her devotion to her picture is undivided until the task is complete to her satisfaction.
Watching Virginia so focused upon her work makes me reflect on my own prayer life and relationship with God. Am I praying with undivided attention? Am I engrossed in His Word? Am I paying attention to what the Lord is trying to tell me?
Or, am I flitting from pillar to post, allowing the vagaries of worldly thoughts to interfere with what should be a dedicated, distraction-free time with God?
As Jean Wise states above, "paying attention to God is a key spiritual practice."
I know the moments I spend with the Lord each day could use some fine tuning.
It's time for me to wake up and pay attention.
Are you giving your undivided devotion to God? Are you paying attention?
Prayer: Father, may we learn to pay better attention to You, not just in our study and prayer time, but throughout the day, that we might live, as Paul says, in a right way in undivided devotion to You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.