Multitasking can be great, but it is not great when it comes to being still, silencing my mind, and making a one on one connection with God in prayer. Many years ago, a friend confided in me that she was struggling in her prayer life. She shared she was distracted when she began to pray and instead began to think about her to do list. I too had the same problem especially when my kids were little, and it seemed I had a million and one things to do. I suggested she start to pray out loud.
Here is an example of a distracted prayer.
I come before you today and am so glad I can come before your throne freely. I thank you for my salvation. I pray you would be with Janice's mother this week who is ill. I pray for her healing, and I pray you would be with Janice and her family. I am sure this is hard for them. I like Janice and her family. They came over one time to our house last year, and we had such a great time. Why have I not had them over again? Wow, has it really been a year since they were here last. I should invite them over. I think I have their number saved in my phone. I bet we could do it next weekend. I would have to get this house clean first especially that bathroom. That toilet in the kid's bathroom is pretty gross.
How is it that I start out talking to a righteous God and end up thinking about a wretched toilet. It is crazy really.
When you do your prayer time out loud, it forces you to keep your mind focused on what you are saying. When there is a lull in the conversation, you know it. Your mind cannot wander onto pointless subjects when you are talking out loud.
The older woman in the movie War Room was such an inspiration in the part she played when she prayed out loud. I believe words have the power to tear down or to build up. God spoke words and created the world. Praying God's word can be a powerful experience too like a praying a Psalm, for example. I think this is also a great tactic for people who are fearful to pray in groups. If you start doing this when you are alone, it can seem normal and easy when you are in a group.
I want to have a powerful prayer life. I want to be like that woman in the War Room. I wanted to jump up in the theater when she started praying, "Raise 'em up, Lord". That lady was something else. I want that! It was such a great reminder that praying out loud can be a truly powerful experience.