Full Question

Is the power of your prayers lost or diminished if your mind wanders while praying?

Answer

The more fully we give attention to prayer, the more we are praying. But it is good to remember that praying lies in the will. The will to pray is a prayer in itself. Certainly it is wrong to deliberately encourage distractions while at prayer. But unwanted distractions do not take away the value of prayer. Mother Teresa’s sisters pray the rosary as they walk down busy city streets. They are certainly distracted by the need to navigate, but a part of them is still in prayer.

16 Comments

  • Tammy lang says:

    I struggle with this unwanted mind wandaring all the time. I do try so hard so it doesn’t happen but still does.

  • joseph says:

    Is a great challenge to me.I deire to pray but creating a quiet time is difficult because of weakness

  • moses Ngulube says:

    I do pray the roary & I want to submitte my prayer intentions,

  • Georges Kawkabany says:

    I PRAY THE ROSARY AS I WORKOUT…THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO BE GRATEFUL TO GOD AT EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIFE AND TO REMEMBER HIM IN ANY SITUATION…

  • noyp says:

    I pray the rosary everyday after i took some nap so that i would never feel sleepy during prayer…

  • Sara Lynn says:

    My mind wanders sometimes, too. I watch the way even average Muslims pray so diligently, and it makes me want to strive harder to be that disciplined. May God give me strength.

  • Wina says:

    Before I start praying the rosary I ask Holy Spirit to guide my mind and heart so my mind don’t wander during my prayer and it really works.

  • Helen Hvasta says:

    It is difficult with so many distractions,….either in church or in the home.. A wise priest told me…when distractions enter the mind…
    one should say….Go away. You don’t belong there. I belong to Jesus and Mary….and then picture Jesus and Mary in your mind.
    Eventually, the more often this is said and done….the faster the distractions go away….I’ve done this for at least 2 decades…and
    it does work..

  • Peter says:

    My mind do wander as I pray n ad I read the bible sometyms it wonders too much like am in the middle of prayers n in btn am thinking other things n find my self asking wat am doing only to realise that am praying so I wander how to avoid such destruction while praying

  • Butch says:

    To minimize the distractions is to focus your mind of the mystery, whatever it may be. Let us say you are praying the joyful mysteries. Example the annunciation: let your thoughts focus on how the angel appeared to the Blessed Mother Mary, like putting yourself in the scene of the annunciation. That way you can stay focus and your thoughts not wonder around.

  • Juniper Bolabon says:

    I have this problem too. Whenever I pray, my mind began to wander and begin to think of nonsense things. I’m trying my best to prevent it but I can’t help to stop it.

  • Clem says:

    Once I asked my mother about the getting distracted while I prayed, she said I needed to offer this shortcoming up to God.

    • Butch says:

      The power of prayer doesn’t diminish even when you are distracted since the intention has been done already before you have started praying. However, once you realize that you have been distracted, just refocus yourself. Imagine two friends are having conversation and one of them is not really into it.

  • Ray montanez says:

    Wow. I always wondered about that. Thank tou xfor clearing up that thought that was there. Amen.

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