Have you ever found it REALLY difficult to pray?
Perhaps something is going on in your life that serves as a distraction from your relationship with God, or maybe you just aren’t ‘feeling it.’ Well, remember not to trust your feelings, and know that even when we sense some disconnect from God, he always wants to draw near to us. So, how can we get back into praying when we don’t feel like it? JB Cachila at Christian Today highlights 3 key things.
1) Pray according to the Word of God
“The Word of God is a wonderful prayer book. Inside it we find all sorts of prayers, supplications, and things we haven’t thought of but should pray to God about. At times, all we need is the words to say. Let God’s Word supply what you have to pray. Mary-Lynn Chambers, writing for Bible.org, suggests using Bible passages as guides to praying. For example, use Paul’s words or prayers to give you an idea of what to pray for over yourself, your family, your church, and everyone around you. The Psalms are also a great prayer resource when it’s hard to find the words.
2) Pray in the Spirit
“When we pray in the Spirit, words won’t be needed. We simply allow the Holy Spirit to pray for us. Paul, a man who prays in tongues more than any other believer in his time (See 1 Corinthians 14:18) tells us, “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses, for we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27).
3) Ask someone close to pray with you
“Are you married? Ask your spouse to pray with you. Are you single? Then ask a friend to pray with you. Ask your pastor, or perhaps anybody in your church to pray with you. Join your church’s prayer meetings or consider joining a local prayer fellowship. They would be glad to have you! “Two are better than one, because there is a good reward for their labor together.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9).”