The Difference between Snacking and Feasting

Esther 1:1-8 (NIV)

1     This is what happened during the time of Xerxes, the Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces stretching from India to Cush:

2     At that time King Xerxes reigned from his royal throne in the citadel of Susa,

3     and in the third year of his reign he gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present.

4     For a full 180 days he displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom and the splendor and glory of his majesty.

5     When these days were over, the king gave a banquet, lasting seven days, in the enclosed garden of the king’s palace, for all the people from the least to the greatest who were in the citadel of Susa.

6     The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fastened with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.

7     Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality.

8     By the king’s command each guest was allowed to drink with no restrictions, for the king instructed all the wine stewards to serve each man what he wished.

Matthew 6:5-8 (NIV)

5     “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

6     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.

7     And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.

8     Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

A Banquet:

  • Planned
    • Plenty
    • Satisfies

A Snack:

  • Unthinking
  • Unregulated
    • A serving
    • A whole bag
  • Unsatisfying

A Pandemic of Distraction

  • What gets your attention gets you
    • What keeps your attention keeps you!
      • Beware of becoming an Interruption Glutton

The Power of Fixed Attention

  • In Prayer
    • In Praise
    • In Potential
    • In Practice

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