July 21, 2019 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Luke 10:38b-40a.

A certain woman named Martha received Jesus into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and was listening to His word. But Martha was being drawn about with much serving,

I’m reading an excellent book that I highly recommend: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You by Tony Reinke. In the first chapter, Addicted to Distraction, the author discusses places in the New Testament that warn about the effects of unchecked distractions on the soul.

Unchecked distractions that close off communion with God. These distractions are exemplified in Martha, who was so distracted by her table service for others that she missed the importance of Christ’s words for her own life. We can become so unfocused in life that we get lost in the unforgiving wheel of daily tasks and fail to listen to the voice of Christ. We fail to pray and fail to see Him as intently listening and drawing near to us. God feels distant because we are distracted. Yet He seeks us; He seeks our undivided attention.

Lord, help me to be more intentional about discerning and limiting distractions in my life. Thank You for Your great love for me, Your intent listening and drawing near. I want to give You my undivided attention. Amen.

Paula Barney adminassist@livinglord.org

Prayer Concern: Sit silently for 60 seconds with your full attention upon the Lord.

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