I read a good book this week on how to avoid distractions in prayer. I thought of Psalm 42:7: “Here deep calls to deep in the roaring of your torrents.”
The psalmist was likely talking about the “torrents” of misfortune in his life, but it made me think of my distractions in prayer and how I can avoid the torrents of random thoughts and worries that flood me when I try to listen to God.
Jesus is the deepest, the inmost core of us. We are created in His image and He calls out to us—calls to the Jesus in us—in the roaring of the waters of our distractions and concerns.
When I am able to listen to Him, he seems to say, “Let the roaring stop—so that I may recognize myself in You and your divine core may grow to make you more and more like me.”
Jesus, the Divine Word, calls to us, beckons us to draw closer to Him that He may calm the roaring waters of our lack of trust, our pride, unforgiveness, and sloth.
Deep calls out to deep: Let me heal you, comfort you. “How often I have longed to gather [you] as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused (Lk 13:34).”
Deep calls out to deep offering to help us carry our cross: “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28).” I will give you rest from your worries, your sadness, feelings of inadequacy, your fears.
Lord, how often are the torrents that flood over me of my own making? How often out of pride do I push forward doing things without asking your help? How often do I reject the peace of realizing you are at my side?
May we listen to His call, take shelter under His wings, and and let Him still our roaring waters in the torrent of his blood.
P.S. You can get Distractions: a step-by-step guide on how to stay focused during prayer at philipkosloski.com.