With help from God, I can usually do that. It's more challenging during my quiet times at home. I can be easily distracted, and I need to work on being still.
"Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)
When I try to be still, my mind darts around in five directions at once. I'm thinking about my to-do list, an ongoing situation, something that happened during the day, what to make for dinner the next day. It's hard enough to focus when I pray, but even harder to clear my mind and just listen. I'm working on that!
In the meantime, however, God is faithful. When I pray, I can sense His presence filling my heart. Lately I've been asking Him to give me, in the moment, the wisdom and grace to handle a situation in a way that honors Him. He does! Certainly I still mess up and say or do something I shouldn't have, but that's generally because I'm just not listening.
Sometimes my favorite way to spend time with the Lord is with praise and worship music. I turn up the stereo and sing along--without writing a blog post or skimming email at the same time. That, I can do wholeheartedly. In this, too, I can sense the Lord's presence. Although I've recently read essays from a few people who doubt that the Bible tells us that the Lord inhabits the praises of His people, I believe that when we praise and worship Him, He shows up.
Please tell me I'm not the only one who struggles to be still! What helps you to focus?