The rosary is a meditative prayer and it is very common to have a wandering mind while praying the rosary or any other prayer. In the rosary, prayers are said while meditating on the mysteries of the life of Jesus. A prayer can become so commonplace that our minds wander or we forget what we just said. Sometimes a person’s mind wanders on other things while praying and meditating. This can be very frustrating because you want to stay on track with the lessons the meditation has to teach us. You can start the prayers with good intentions and do well through the first part of prayers but then your mind wanders to:
- What should I make for supper?
- Wish I could lose weight.
- The heartbreak of a family member who left the Church.
- Daily struggles
- Family struggles
- Miscellaneous thoughts
As your mind wanders, you begin to think that you are doing something wrong or get frustrated and try to get your mind to stay on task. This is where you should see where your mind is wanting to go. As long as it is not entertaining thoughts that would lead you away from God, pay attention to where it wanders. Maybe God is trying to help you resolve a problem in your life, or maybe God is trying to lead you to something He wants you to do or something He wants you to pay attention to. This can be very helpful in your life. Listening is part of the conversation with God. We can say a lot of prayers but if we don’t listen to Him, we won’t hear what His will is for us.
The other side of wandering thoughts is important. When your thoughts wander, offer them up to God as a prayer for that intention. Yes! What you thought was a hindrance is actually a prayer! It’s asking God for help with that intention. He hears you. Doesn’t matter what it is, offer it up as a prayer. Put your wandering thoughts to good use. Offer them up as prayer.
Wandering thoughts during prayer can be something that God wants you to hear from Him, a prayer offered up to Him, or God helping you to resolve a problem in your life. Sometimes we need to be still and listen to where God wants us to be. Keep praying!