The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional – Focused

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The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional for Thursday Message. Read The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional by Juan Carlos Gómez (Bogotá, Colombia)

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TOPIC: Focused

TODAY’S READING
Psalm 37:1-6

KEY VERSE: Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. – Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional MESSAGE

Even though I live in a 16-story building in the middle of a big city, there are nearby areas with big trees where birds nest and sing, offering a lovely symphony every morning. As the day continues, however, the crescendo of the city noise makes it difficult to hear the birds singing.

One day, during my morning prayer time, I realized that listening to the birds singing was good practice for listening to God’s voice. I decided then to focus on the sweet singing and block out the routine morning noises of the city. This, I thought, is how we are invited to seek and focus on God in the midst of daily distractions. This focus — our full attention centered on God — is what allows us to draw closer to God, unimpeded by obstacles around us.

In an anxiety-filled world, intentional study of scripture strengthens our connection with God. Remaining focused on God’s voice and presence will prompt us to seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and allow us to rest on God’s promises.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Creator God, help us to remain focused on your grace, goodness, and the sights and sounds of your presence around us as we seek to serve your kingdom on earth. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Amid the distractions, I will focus my attention on God.

PRAYER FOCUS
Someone beginning a new prayer discipline

The Upper Room 26 May 2022 Daily Devotional Message. The Upper Room is a daily devotional magazine published in more than 30 languages and 100 countries around the world. The daily meditations are written by readers of the magazine and others interested in sharing their faith experiences through writing—both laity and clergy, published authors and new writers. The meditations are stories of real people working to live faithfully with the Bible as their touchstone. Every day, readers of The Upper Room around the world read the same story in many different languages and pray the same prayer together. Read More