Just last week I was mentally and bodily weary.
It was just so hard to pray. Some days I was able to mutter words, other days I laid stunned to silence, I just couldn’t pray. A few other times I wrote letters to God.
I was grieve striken and confused.
The week before, everything seemed fine, cool and okay. The beginning of the new week started with a convulsing bleakness.
What was the problem? What had I done wrong?
I wanted to connect to God.
I really wanted to pray. (Remember prayer is communion, you speak and God speaks back).
Nevertheless, I had comfort.
I knew God was there with me in that stillness. Because the Bible says…
There is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. — Psalm 139:4
That verse was comforting because I didn’t have to worry about my silence or my inability to communicate properly because of my half-finished sentences.
What a wonderful God! No matter how much you falter and stumble in your praying, He hears you. His heart of infinite love responds to the needs and emotions of your own inarticulate heart. So keep on praying!
Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed,
The motion of a hidden fire
That trembles in the breast. —Montgomery
When you cannot pray, PRAY. That’s the absolute solution. Do not give up, communicate with God anyway you can. With your heart, mind, tears, unfinished sentences. Just keep praying till that present state lifts.
Prayer does not require eloquence but earnestness.
Prayer is our very lifeline to God.
There are also things to check when you cannot pray
- Sin. God does not hear the prayers of sinners except they want to repent. You need to come under God’s searchlight to rid yourself of sin that your prayer may not be hindered.
- It is hard to find a Christian who has not been in this situation before. Who has never found it hard to pray before. Another thing you can check out is your distractions. Does your mind wander when you want to pray? Do you think about unfinished businesses, work to do? To concentrate on praying you have to clear away all your distractions and concentrate fully on God.
- Praying is talking to God and he talking back. When your praying is all about you talking, never pausing or giving God a space to reply you, you are bound to get fed up. How would you feel if you were in a relationship with someone and you do all the talking, the person never replies you, in the long run, you would end up feeling weary and exasperated.
- Don’t make prayer like a list of things you have to do. Like a routine which you follow strictly. For example, you always praise, then study bible, then pray and for once you don’t break this routine. Such that whenever a burden is laid in your heart to pray about you must just follow your routine before praying
- Praying is something that can be done anywhere, everywhere. It is not compulsory that you must always pray in your closet or at a particular spot to connect with God. You could pray during your showers time. God will definitely hear you. Be flexible.
Apostle Paul says in Colossians 4:2 that we should persevere and continue in prayers
Do you feel like you can’t pray, try worship.
Try Thanksgiving, try writing letters to God.
Do not keep quiet or just hang there, persevere continue. For we must pray always, fervently, steadfastly.
We do not wrestle with flesh and blood so we must pray always as it is our weapon.
If you feel overwhelmed do not keep quiet, keep whispering God’s name. Write him love notes.
You could do outrageous things like, picking a seat, setting it in your front, imagine Jesus sitting there and have an honest conversation with him. Pouring your heart out to him. (I’ve done this before, it works!!!!)
Do not give up!!!!!