Seeds of Devotion
By Julia Attaway

Pray Instead

I’ve noticed myself falling into a bad habit. Sometimes, instead of talking to God, I open my laptop.

Part of the problem is that I do need the computer to work, so it’s always there.

Part of the problem is that the web does in fact have answers and advice about a lot of my questions.

But the biggest part of the problem is that distraction is easier than prayer. It is easier to let a screen soothe my stress than to take the time to calm my heart and direct it to God.

So here’s my advice: Stop reading this. Pray, instead.

Julia Attaway is a freelance writer, homeschooler and mother of five. She is the editor of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, a book of devotions for first-time moms. She lives in New York.

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Thank you Mrs. Attaway for sharing your knowledge of God! After reading your blog "Pray Instead" I realized I lack physical prayer more than I ever wanted too. I put my phone down and prayed, at first not knowing what or how to pray as if I had forgotten. I sat in silence for a moment and it seemed as if God put his hands upon me and words began to come. I'm always so busy it seems, but truly there is always time for prayer. Some of my prayers are just silent and are through the tears rolling down my face. I feel I have to say nothing as I know God understands. Thank you so much for sharing!!