Like many homeschooling mothers, I sat working at the kitchen table as my children worked on their schoolwork. Although I was supposed to be teaching, I was also doing several other jobs at the same time — washing clothes, cooking supper, and grading papers. As I snipped fresh green beans from our garden for our evening meal, my son asked me a question about his math. He was having difficulty with factoring numbers, and he needed my help.

"Mom," he said. "Are you listening to me?"

"Yes, I'm listening," I replied, not looking up from my work.

"But Mom, would you please listen to me with your eyes?" he quickly responded.

Looking up, I understood what he was really saying. He wanted my undivided attention.

Many times we, too, fail to give God our undivided attention. How many times do you coordinate the noon meal and the following day's activities in your mind while listening to the Sunday morning sermon? When you are praying with people in a Bible study group, does your mind wander to work and worries, or do you actually pray with the person who is speaking? Not focusing our thoughts on the sermon or the prayer requests can cause us to miss an important message.

Are the day's responsibilities distracting you from hearing God's voice today? Do your prayers seem to get stuck on the ceiling? Do you find yourself re-reading what you just read in the Bible and not getting anything from the passage? Stop and look up. Focus your eyes on the One who loves you most. He is waiting for your undivided attention, so He can teach you great and marvelous things. "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him" (2 Chronicles 16:9a).

Lord, forgive me for my halfhearted attempts at prayer and devotions. Teach me to honor You by diligently seeking You with all I am, so I may walk in Your perfect will today. In Jesus' name, Amen.