Too ADD to Pray by Pastor Hans

Hans Bletterman is the Pastor of Pico Rivera Friends Church.

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Do you feel you have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) when it comes to praying?

In our fast paced world it is hard for many to slow down and connect with God in prayer.  Believe it or not,  its hard for many pastors too.  Bill Hybles, pastor of the Willow Creek Church, wrote a book called “TOO BUSY NOT TO PRAY” that shared about his struggle to settle down and pray.  He shared that it was hard for him to block out all the distractions of his to-do-list and his frustration from not being able to put together one coherent thought while he prayed.

In my years of ministry, I have learned that these are real issues that keep people from even considering connecting with God.  They have tried and failed so many times that they have just given up.

But please DON’T GIVE UP!

Here are some tips that can help even the most ADD amongst us to enjoy praying.

  1. Think about a time in your day when you are doing some kind of mindless task such as: driving, dishes, gardening, windows, or vacuuming.  Turn off the TV, radio, computer or ipod and start talking to God.
  2. Make a list of what you want to tell God or who you would like to pray for to help you keep on track.
  3. When you pray, keep a pencil or a pen and a piece of paper close by for when your mind gets off track.  For many, when they finally quiet their minds in preparation to pray they suddenly remember a whole host of things that they have forgotten.  Of course, these things are very urgent.  So, when these things come up, just write them down.  By doing so, your mind will let that urgent detail go so you can continue praying.
  4. Lastly, many people have gained a lot of blessing from writing out their prayers. For several years, I have written out many of my prayers.  Every once in a while I go back and read about the things that were on my heart years ago.  Every time I do,  I am amazed at what God has done in my heart and life.

Let’s Pray!

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