READ: JOHN 12:1 THROUGH 13:38
People will sometimes have entire conversations without paying attention to what the other person said. It is easy to allow thoughts to carry a mind away from the moment and person of the conversation.
Many people of Jesus’ time dealt with this same issue.
“The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me” (John 12:45).
In their looking at Jesus, they did not truly see Him because they did not focus on Him or His words. The Pharisees often rebutted Jesus’ words with their own thoughts, showing that their concentration was on themselves, their laws, their culture, their ways, and not focused on Him. Many missed Jesus’ purpose because of their lack of focus. Yet He was the perfect reflection of the Father and spoke only the words of the Father.
In prayer, it is easy to allow other thoughts to take control and intrude on time with Jesus. But Christians should take those thoughts captive and focus on really listening for Jesus and looking for Him in all aspects of daily life. When believers see Jesus, they see the Father.
Challenge for Today: Take a few minutes every day training your mind to focus totally on Jesus.