There are many distractions that can keep us from giving Jesus the right focus in our life.



Listening, Prayer, Quiet Time


Trash bag
squeaky toy
spray bottle of water
Fancy, stupid-looking hat
Balloon (Blown up and tied)


Approximately 5 minutes



Before class, blow up and tie the balloon, and place all the items into the trash bag. You will show how the audience can be distracted by the things in the bag, and compare this to how similar distractions keep us from giving Jesus the right focus in our life.

What you will say:

What keeps us from doing the things we want to do? Of course there are many things, but what I have found is that distractions are the hardest to overcome. Distractions are all around us, and can come in many forms. (Reach into the bag and bring out the squeaky toy) For example, a distraction may be audible. (Squeak the toy.)

(Reach in the bag again, pull out the funny hat, and put it on.) Or, the distraction may be visual.

(Reach into the bag and fumble around for a while, about 20 seconds but don’t pull anything out.) We may even be distracted by delays.

(While still inside the bag, pull out the spray bottle.) It could be the environment. (Spray yourself in the face.)

(Reach into the bag and pop the balloon as you jump up) Or, perhaps a failure.

Statistics show that far too many automobile accidents happen because the driver was distracted by things like getting a call on their cell phone, or picking up something that dropped onto the floor of the car, spilling a Coke, or tending to a small child while driving.

Yes, distractions can be dangerous. But in any case, they keep us from doing things we know we should be doing. They can even keep us from really communicating with Jesus during our prayer time. Sure, we can pray on the bus, in a noisy restaurant, or in our fellowship group; and we should. But also, we need to get away from everything, remove the distractions, be alone only with Jesus, and really talk with Him. We need to do this every day.

In Matthew 6:6, Jesus states, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

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