Psalm 31:19-24 (NIV)

19 How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you. 20 In the shelter of your presence you hide them from the intrigues of men; in your dwelling you keep them safe from accusing tongues. 21 Praise be to the LORD, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. 22 In my alarm I said, “I am cut off from your sight!” Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. 23 Love the LORD, all his saints! The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. 24 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

DEVOTION – Abby Marten (Oklahoma)

I am a full-time student with a full-time campus leadership position and a part-time retail job.  I love the Lord, but recently I’ve noticed that my prayers are mostly those of exhaustion.  I feel like I’m being pulled in a thousand different  directions.  In the midst of crying out in moments of desperation, I shoot “arrow prayers” into heaven – impersonal, inattentive requests such as “Lord, let me have a good day today” or “God, please help me with ….everything!”

Whenever I have a moment for what should be quality time with God, it is peppered with distractions:  social media notifications, e-mail, phone calls, and text messages.  In order to truly focus on God, I’m now compelled to put down the cellphone, close the laptop, and shut off all distractions.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  I think  God is just as eager to talk with me as I am with God.  When I steal away in God’s presence without distraction and really try to focus on God during that time, I find that God has something to say.  When I am still and silent, I am finally able to listen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Am I too distracted to hear God’s voice?

PRAYER: Gracious God, help us to commit our time and our attention to you so that we may serve you better.  Amen.