Read Exodus 10:1 through 12:20; Matthew 15:1–20
Do something repeatedly, and it can become a habit. A habit is something that can be done without concentration. When it comes to spiritual practice, there is a danger of doing the right thing while the mind is elsewhere.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me” (Matthew 15:8).
Sometimes people are simply distracted. Jesus is talking about something more. It is a disconnection between spiritual practice and the condition of the heart, doing the right thing with wrong motivation. The remedy for distraction is concentration. The remedy for disconnection is restoration.
In the act of worship, most people battle with distractibility on occasion. Self-examination keeps that from becoming a habit. If the distraction is about something that can be done later, it may be a good idea to jot it down and move on. If it’s worry, then allow the words in the songs and prayers to penetrate the fear. If it’s a lack of connection, then ask the Lord for a restoration of the vitality of worship.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, move me beyond distraction into worship.
Quicklook: Matthew 15:1–9
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