Prayer as deep work: another reason why interruptions ruin your life

Deep Work is a fantastic book, it was even one of my top five books I read in the past year. Its premise is simple: the ability to concentrate deeply and thus work deeply is becoming increasingly rare, and thus more valuable. Deep work enables someone to get a lot of high-quality things done because they can focus their full attention on the task at hand.

It has a lot of applications to business and professional things. But I think it applies to prayer as well.

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Stop being a poser

Sin as pretending to be someone you’re not (i.e. being a poser)

“The Lord knows the way of the legit, but the way of the poser shall perish.”

– Ctrl+Replace Bible, Psalm 1:6

There’s a series on The Toast called the Ctrl+Replace Bible (note: some strong language with some of them), where they replace one word or phrase with another, such as “Philistines” with “haters” or replacing “Behold” with “Look, buddy.” The results are hilarious: “Then Saul and all his men assembled and went to the battle. They found the haters in total confusion, striking each other with their swords.” (1 Samuel 14:20). One of my favorites was replacing “sinners” with “posers.”

“I have come to call not the righteous but posers to repentance.” (Luke 5:32)

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You’re stuck in a time machine, get out

Imagine you have a time machine. You can use it to visit any time in your life, past or future. You can explore possibilities of what will happen if you choose X vs. Y. How awesome would that be? Think of all the things you could use it for.

Guess what? You have such a time machine. Your time machine is your thoughts, your memories, your intellect, your will, your imagination. These are the things theologians call “the powers of the soul.” These are the things that rational beings can do that irrational animals cannot. I’ve always envied superheroes with time travel powers, but it turns out I have time travel powers of my own.

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