Is there anyone else out there like me, having seasons where you just struggle in your prayer closet? Some seasons your prayer life is strong and vibrant; you see the Lord answering your prayers which then fuels you to pray big and become excited about praying. But then there are other times when your prayer life is lacking, seems dull, it’s hard to start, you fumble over yourself, your mind wanders to everything else under the sun and you aren’t seeing much fruit for your efforts. You begin to push off praying, you begin to make your prayers short and sweet, and you find yourself not looking forward to praying anymore.
I’m not alone, right?
The struggle is real.
We all know that prayer is vital in our lives. Prayer changes our lives. Prayer brings us closer to God, prayer changes us from the inside out. Prayer increases our faith.
So I got thinking, why does this cycle happen? Why do we have this spirit versus flesh battle all too often? What are the reasons that stop us from praying?
Here’s what I came up with. Maybe you can relate to these as well.
3 Reasons Why You DON’T Pray
Pride is the number one reason why we don’t pray. Point blank. Yet there are many subtleties related to pride that keeps us from praying.
It is easy to think that we can handle whatever life throws at us all on our own. We think we fix every situation without needing God’s help or guidance. We want to attempt to fix things before we run to God.
Pride is an ugly thing in our lives and the reason for so many problems within our own lives, our relationships, in the work environment and in churches.
Pride causes us to want to run from God instead of run to Him. When we aren’t right with the Lord we certainly aren’t praying to Him.
God lists pride as one of the things that He hates. He resists us when we are consumed with our own selves. Not a good place to be.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. James 4:6
When we let pride into our lives, and when we let pride guide us, we are opening ourselves up to having sin in our lives. When we have unconfessed sin in our lives we avoid God. We try to hide it from Him and the easiest way to do this is to not pray. Sin separates us from the Father.
Remedy: Check your heart. Are you running from God? Are you trying to control every situation in your life? Repent and resist pride every chance you get.
2. Lack of Faith
We start to think that God can’t handle our problems. We over analyze that our problems are just.too.big. We forget how BIG our God is.
God is so great that we will never be able to fully comprehend it. Isn’t that amazing?
When we get a glimpse of His awesome glory it empowers us to pray more boldly! When we see God at work and answering our prayers we are empowered to pray more boldly.
Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Jeremiah 10:6
Because of God’s greatness and power we should always be running to Him.
Remedy: Grow your faith. Start by doing a Bible study on faith. Read the stories in the Bible and biographies of how great God is. Learn about how He provides and does miracles for those whom He loves.
Satan tries everything he can to get us away from God. One of the main ways that he does this is by using our own laziness.
This is the very reason why we have microwaves, instant waffles, instant oatmeal. We are an instant gratification society. This type of thinking is exactly how big companies can market it to us so well. They already know how we work, that we will choose the instant mashed potatoes over the raw potatoes that we have to peel, chop, boil and mash. If big companies know this, don’t you think that Satan knows this just as much. He sure does and he uses it against us.
We are lazy creatures by nature. The littlest effort that we need to put forth the better. You know what I mean. Someone invites you over for dinner and you hope that they only ask you to bring a drink and not a whole dessert. Am I right?! The least amount of effort that we need to put forth the better.
Prayer is hard work. Therefore, we avoid it. Prayer is so much better for us, yet we still go for instant gratification.
Trying to start a habit takes time. It takes effort and we can’t easily throw in the towel when the going gets tough. We have to make the new habit a priority in order for it to stick.
Prayer needs to be a habit. Therefore, we need to learn to make it a priority.
Remedy: We need to deny our flesh. We need say no to laziness and make prayer a habit. Once it becomes a habit denying the flesh is easier but will still need to happen on a consistent basis.
Our prayer life is a spiritual battle. The devil knows that it aligns our hearts to God. The devil knows it changes our lives and he will use any resource he can to stop us.
We need to always be growing in prayer. We need to make it a priority and continually strive to devote ourselves to it.
Did you miss Friday’s announcement of our book club?! This Friday, January 22, 2016, we will be starting the book, Happily Married! This book is packed full of amazing wisdom, not just for wives. Do yourself a favor, grab a copy and get ready to glean all of the amazing wisdom. I can’t wait to start!
Here is a glimpse into the book. You have lots of space to write down anything that comes to mind as you are studying the topics. And trust me, you will be using that space! My book is all marked up!
Your turn! Do you struggle to pray? Which reason do you struggle with the most? Or do you juggle them all at one time or another? I’d have to say that that’s where I am at, juggling them all. What about you? Tell me in the comments below!
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