Why do our thoughts deviate to some other things when we are trying to focus on accomplishing a spiritual exercise such as praying or studying the Bible? Why is it so difficult to stay focused on things that edify? Wicked spirits made it so.
More often than not, it is when we want to study the Bible or pray, with the intention to follow a routine, that we begin to receive thoughts of important, legitimate tasks (some even tend to spiritual exercises) that we ought to have done at an earlier time. Those thoughts range from a message we ought to have sent via WhatsApp to a fellowship group, a brother you ought to call for a meeting discussion, a followup you had scheduled earlier that week, to an errand you ought to have gone the previous week that you postponed. The list is unending.
Did you notice that two things are common with all the tasks listed above? First, they are all LEGITIMATE. Secondly, they OUGHT to have been done earlier but were procrastinated for one reason or the other.
The enemies against our souls are experienced, tactical, intentional, focused and very deliberate in ensuring we don't form any spiritual routine that has the ability to build us up. Why? Once we form a routine for any spiritual exercise, the Holy Spirit will potentially work with us to gradually exercise us unto righteousness and holiness.
Why is Spiritual Routine Important?
1. It shows how faithful you can be in the things of God when no one is looking. Faithfulness begins from the little things we can do well, especially when there is no one to applaud us. Scriptures says that if we are faithful in a few things will be made a ruler over many things. (Matt 25:21)
2. Spiritual routine gives you a disciplined nature. It is a way of training ourselves to do the right thing at the right time. It is also a training of putting the flesh under that we may be able to attend to spiritual things.
3. It helps to indoctrinate you. A christian should be a keeper of God's Word. Without constant study, you cannot have the Word deposited in you. This means there will be nothing in you that the Holy Spirit would be able to bring to your remembrance.
4. It trains us to trust God. Many of our 'legitimate needs/alternatives' do not seem so harmful, especially those that involve our 'working for God'. But if they compete with our time with God, and they will, we must learn to make them secondary. Trusting God involves our casting all our cares upon Him knowing that time spent with Him is precious and should be treated as such.
5. It is a way to show your love for God. Love for God is not measured by the way we feel; it is in the things we do that shows how much we love Him. Constantly spending time with God shows our love for Him. Besides, it is beautiful and refreshing to spend time with God. We all spend time with what/who we love. Why not allocate time for God and enjoy quiet moments in His presence?
Now, when you have scheduled time to pray or study:
· Resist the urge to make that call!
· Refuse to look at your phone for that message that just dropped!
· Tell yourself that visit/task can wait till you complete your exercise of studying or reading!
· Try to forget about every other thing for that moment. They can wait; and they will if you make them!
· Whatever you do, ensure you do not break that routine!
Whatever you do, do not break that routine!
Kindly leave more tips that has helped you in keeping spiritual routine, in the comments section, to bless a brother or sister.
Pastor Moses Omakhafe