Distracted and Off Balance
There are times when I feel anxious, exhausted, and “off balance”, when my prayer times are filled with distractions, and the creative things I normally enjoy doing don’t go smoothly, or don’t even happen.
I’ve been talking to Jesus about this, and he’s highlighted a few things to me.
When I do things in my own strength I can easily overdo it, by putting pressure on myself to achieve, to produce, to do. I put unnecessary burdens on myself, expecting things of myself that God doesn’t require. I become anxious, overwhelmed and exhausted.
Without Jesus We Are Nothing
Jesus said, in John 15:5, that “Without him we are nothing”, so when we try to do things without relying on him, and outside of him, we are sinning. It’s a sin of pride, as we are trusting in ourselves instead of in Jesus.
We need Jesus, in every part of our lives. We can do nothing (of any true value) without him.
The business of this world draws us away from God. It’s so easy to be distracted, even when we’re at home alone.
Prayer is Vital!
Our quiet times with Jesus are so important, as it’s during these times that we draw strength from him. Prayer is vital! We need to surrender afresh to Jesus each day, and give the day to him, drawing close to him in humility, acknowledging our need for Him, and repenting of our sin. He will lead us and guide us if we trust in him. Starting the day with prayer helps us to remain close to Jesus throughout the day.
Jesus, when he was on this earth, spent many hours praying. If he needed to pray, then how much more we need to!
I know that prayer doesn’t always come easily. Sometimes, just being still, in Our Lord’s presence, is enough.
We can talk to Jesus about anything and everything! Give our concerns to him, talk to him about our desires, tell him our failures. And listen to him, for he desires to speak to us!
Glorify Jesus In Everything
Every part of our lives, everything we do, all that we are, can glorify Jesus if we remain in him. Speak to him often, realising he is there with us, guiding and helping us. Lean on him, for he is our strength and life. Our whole life can be as worship!
Jesus Desires Intimacy With Us!
Jesus desires intimate union with us and is continually calling us and drawing us close to him.
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.Hebrews 10:19-22
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
Do you have a personal relationship with him?
If not, do you realise your need for him?
Have you become lukewarm in your walk, and realise your need to recommit your life to Jesus?
Here is a prayer you can say.
Dear Jesus, I am a sinner, and I need you. I thank you for going to the cross to die for me, and for rising again.
I am sorry for everything I have ever done wrong, and I ask you to please wash me clean. I ask you to come into my life to be my Lord and saviour, and I surrender to You.
Please fill me with your Holy Spirit and make me whole. Help me to trust you; help me to love you; help me to live for you. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen
Whenever we do wrong after this, we need to say we’re sorry and ask for his forgiveness. We need to ask Jesus to help us to change.
Talk to him every day, and listen to him, as he wants to talk to you!
Get a bible: I suggest you begin by reading the Gospels and the Psalms. This will help you to get to know God.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you.
Jesus doesn’t promise to make life perfect, in fact there may be more hardship and suffering in following him, but he does promise to give us a purpose and a future: a reason to live!
For more, see this post.
Please let me know, in the comments below, if you have given your life to Jesus, so I can pray for you.