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Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight in front of you, and keep looking at what is in front of you.

Today, the Lord has been continuing to direct my thoughts toward priorities. Based on prior experience, this makes me think that obviously, the Lord still wants to teach me things in this area and therefore, I need to be humble and teachable.

One of the problems with priorities is that life is full of possibilities – especially for distractions, that is. The proverb at the beginning offers wise counsel on the subject since looking means focusing in on what is important and therefore, avoiding distractions.

As Jesus’ followers, He is always our example, especially on what is important. In His incarnation He was “fully God and fully man,” yet He placed a high priority on communication with the Father through prayer.

Mark 1:35 The next morning, Jesus got up long before daylight, left the house while it was dark, and made his way to a secluded place to give himself to prayer.

It seems to me there is a dual purpose for us when it comes to prayer – we focus on something that is of primary importance which is prayer itself – and through prayer we ask God to help remove the things that distract us – and I might add that the things that may distract me may not be the same things that may distract you – and seek the ways in which God would have me do His will here on Earth just as His will is being done in Heaven.

Jesus, may my eyes always be fixed on You so that anything that distracts or detracts from what You are teaching me and the ways that You are leading me will be out-of-sight and out-of-focus so that I will be drawn to You and only You – and the people in the places with the things that You would have me serve – in order to serve You. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.