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Q:

I know I'm supposed to worship God when I go to church, but I can't say I always do. My thoughts wander, or I get to thinking about the people around me and I come away disappointed in myself for not really worshipping. How can I keep from being distracted?


A:

You’ve already taken the first step by recognizing that you have this problem. Many people, I’m afraid, approach worship casually, and never experience the joy of worshipping God as they should.

Have you ever asked yourself what worship is? True worship takes place only when our full attention is on God—on His glory, His power, His majesty, His love, His compassion. This doesn’t happen easily; even in church or in our times of private devotion we can get distracted and fail to see God as He truly is. The Bible says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care” (Psalm 95:6-7).

How can we worship God? First, take time to prepare for worship. We rush off to church or hurry through our devotions—and then we wonder why God seems so distant. Prepare your heart in advance, and bow for a few moments of prayer before your church’s service begins.

Then ask God to help you focus on who He is and what He has done for you. God created you; He also sent His Son into the world to redeem you. Turn your mind and heart to Him every day, praising Him for who He is and thanking Him for His love for you in Christ.

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21 Comments

  1. Jasper L Pyrtuh says:

    I’m blessed through this beautiful sharing. God will continue to bless this ministry.

  2. Loi says:

    “O give thanks to the LORD; for He is good: because His Mercy endureth forever” (Psalm 118:1). “Praise Ye the LORD: because it is good to sing praises unto our God, it is pleasant, and praise is comely” (Psalm 147:1). Amen, amen and amen!

  3. Valerie says:

    How do I stop getting distracted during my daily quiet time, which is usually about a hour? I pray, read my Bible and read daily devotionals but somehow find I get distracted. Are there any articles I can read by Billy Graham?

    1. Lizzy Long says:

      Hi Valerie,
      Thanks for reaching out. Billy Graham has written this article regarding quiet times: http://notesfromthecove.com/6-guidelines-for-your-time-alone-with-god-by-billy-graham/. We hope that helps you in your walk with Christ!

      —BGEA Team

  4. Glenn says:

    I enjoy reading Brother Graham’s teaching,and I am blessed by doing so. Thank you for your dedication to serve God.

  5. Sheila says:

    Thanks! That was wonderfully said.

  6. Chuks says:

    May God continue to bless this ministry!

  7. Lois Hendrick says:

    I try taking notes in Sunday School and in the preaching service so I won’t get distracted, but also to use this to help me in my devotions each morning.

  8. Linda DeMoss says:

    Thank you for the continued ministry of BGEA. I know when I read articles or updates that it is the truth being shared. Praying for this ministry.

  9. Betty Seafus says:

    Thank you for there are so many distractions especially when the Word is presented.