'Seek first the Kingdom of God.' Matthew 6:33 NKJV
It can sometimes seem like everything works against you when it comes to prayer. Shortness of time, unexpected crises, unwanted distractions, sudden temptations, unsettling thoughts. You're not the only one to encounter problems. Various legends of the faith had intrusions into their prayer life.
So what to do? 2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT says, 'We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.' What does that look like in practice? If you're praying and find a thought sneaking into centre stage (whether it's evil, something tempting, or just plain distracting), mentally point at it, and say, 'No, thought, in Jesus' name, I'm taking you captive! I'm talking to God here!' If it helps you imagine it trapped in a bubble, and put to one side.
You don't have to fight your thoughts, you can just tell them that Jesus is Lord and move on with your conversation with Jesus. And know that God doesn't mind. He's not sitting across from you tapping His watch, frowning when you're dealing with a distraction. 'Capture' it, and turn back to His face.
So what now? Sometime today, spend time in prayer 'seeking God's face'. Sit with Him, knowing He's with you. When distractions pop up, 'take them captive'. (If it's an important thing for later, jot down one word about it and you can go back to it later.)
SoulFood: Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11, Eph 4:7-10 (Ascension Day)