But who can detect his own failings? Wash away my hidden faults.
For Christmas, my husband got me a daily devotion book called “A Catholic Woman’s Book of Days.” Since December 26th, every morning during breakfast, I would read the daily devotion out loud so I could share the scripture with my two young girls. I was doing really good and reading this every morning and then Lent came. Lent, which should be the time of year when you buckle down and concentrate more on the Lord. But strangely, I’ve been getting away from my morning devotion. (And I also dropped reading the daily readings to the girls as well!)
I can sit here and blame it on many things. One being I am incredibly swamped with work and my mornings have been rushed lately to get out the door and head to the office. And the days I don’t work, I am rushing here and there to get all the errands done for our family. But mostly, it is because I have allowed worldly distractions to fill this peaceful prayer time that I’ve created with my girls.
The devil hates Lent. He knows there is praising and praying going on during this time. So in his cleverness, he works harder during this time to steer us away from the Lord. And I admit, I have easily let him creep into my daily life by simply allowing me to be too busy to stop.
Today I was reflecting on Psalm: 19-12. I realized the times I am at my strongest with my relationship with God, things are going great in my life. But the times I fall behind, my life starts to fall behind too. Is the real reason I fall behind with my prayer life because I am hiding something from God?
He knows all things, spoken and unspoken, so there is nothing I can hide from Him. I know this, yet time and time again, I hide from Him. I get too busy with all the unnecessary worldly duties and I scale back on Him. When I know, I should be scaling back in our aspects of my life.
That is really how I can keep the devil out of my daily life. Invite God in my life more regularly and not allow other ‘things’ to get in the way.
Heavenly Father, you know all things, see and unseen. Wash away my faults and make me new again.