Escaping the World through Prayer

Even though our time on this earth is but a moment, it is fraught with worries, temptations, diversions, and responsibilities. While our eternal life lies with God, our daily life is bound up in the physical world. We feel constantly pulled in opposite directions as God calls us toward the spiritual, while the distractions and anxieties of surviving in the world call us towards the physical. Each day brings new challenges and problems that vie for our attentions, and we can easily become drawn into the ever-growing demands of the material world, losing sight of the One who is always there patiently waiting to take our hand. The more we try to do it all, the more imminent failure feels and the more we feel alone and isolated. As we slow down, turning away from the world and toward His presence, our mind and spirit become quieter, and we can open ourselves to accepting His help. Stopping to reconnect in prayer keeps our hand in His, and it soon becomes a lifeline to lean on Him for His support, and feel His warmth throughout the day. By keeping prayer in our hearts and our minds on the spiritual, He can guide our feet as they navigate the physical world.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”   – Romans 12:2 esv

“for we walk by faith, not by sight.”   – 2 Corinthians 5:7 esv

“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”    – 2 Corinthians 4:18 esv

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”    – Romans 12:12 esv