Are you at that place of exhaustion, when you can’t pray anymore? The struggle has been going on for so long. You’re beyond weary of petitioning God.  Words feel mechanical and empty.

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It seems you’re just saying the same thing over and over, but nothing ever changes. What can you do?

 

WHEN YOU CAN’T PRAY — ASK OTHERS TO PRAY FOR YOU

When you no longer feel able to pray for the burdens on your heart – when you are tired and at a loss for words – that’s when the prayers of your brothers and sisters in Christ are SO refreshing and strengthening.

James chapter 5  says this:

Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (NLT)

 

The Comfort of Fellowship

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I encourage you to seek out human comfort:

  • Find a friend you trust who loves God and loves you. Don’t hide your struggles. Take that step of courage, and embrace the vulnerability of sharing. Ask for prayer.
  • Join a prayer group where you lift each other up.
  • Not plugged into a church yet? Do some online research, and then visit one this Sunday. If they offer it, go up for prayer after the service.

 

WHEN YOU CAN’T PRAY — ASK JESUS TO PRAY FOR YOU

The prayers of your earthly companions bring such relief. But what if I told you that Jesus Himself is praying for you? What if I told you that the Holy Spirit Himself is praying for you? It’s true.

Meditate on this: 

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.  For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray forBut the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.  – Romans 8:26-27 (NLT)

Jesus is able, once and forever, to save completely those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on [your] behalf. – Hebrews 7:25 (NLT)

Rest in Jesus. Abide in Him and receive His comfort. Trust that He is interceding for you in accordance with God’s will.

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You don’t have to find the right words. He’s already found them for you.

 

WHEN YOU CAN’T PRAY — DON’T GIVE UP

Persevere!

God alone is trustworthy and able. He doesn’t miss a thing. He sees you and loves you.

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FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T PRAY ANYMORE?

I’d be honored to offer a listening ear. If you’d like to share your thoughts and questions below, I will always respond.  — Blessings to you, Ali 🙂

2 Comments

  1. I am going through a lot right now and I don’t know how to pray. To find the focus and to be mindful to do it everyday. I hate going to god trying to be someone I’m not!!! Please help me

    1. Dear Tyi, thank you so much for being authentic, vulnerable — and sharing your heart. Jesus knows your heart. So, if you feel like you’re trying to be someone you’re not, it’s only you that you are deceiving. Jesus knows. He knows it all. He knows you better than you know yourself. And here’s the best part. He LOVES you infinitely more than anyone else does or ever could! And this, all in spite of the things you’re struggling with or ashamed of. God knows the deepest darkest places of your heart — and He wants you to invite Him in there too.

      God’s love is so amazing, and His love is for YOU, dear friend.

      How big is His love? He came from heaven to earth, clothed Himself in human flesh, took the name “Jesus” (which means, “God saves”) and lived a perfect life. He then received the punishment for all the blackest, darkest acts of evil in the world — every sin ever committed — and He died on a cross 2000 years ago. Three days later, Jesus triumphed over death and rose from the dead.

      God is Love. THIS is love. All you need do is put your full trust in Jesus — believe in Him — surrender control of your life — to Him. He is worthy. And in His hands is the safest place you’ll ever be.

      Once you are sorry for the things you’ve done wrong, ask Him to forgive you, and He does! Instantly!! Your sin was nailed to the cross with Him! His blood was shed on your behalf. God’s blood cleansed your sin. Think of that! And now, when you become His, you are free!

      With regards to praying, it’s not about words or saying things right or trying to “present” to God. Jesus does the “presenting” for you — He took your sin, you take His righteousness. What an exchange! You can pray in your heart, without even speaking. You can cry and if your heart is directed towards God, no words, just tears. Do you see? God sees your HEART.

      Once you are “in Christ” — this means you’ve repented of sin and surrendered your life to Jesus, believing in Him and trusting Him — you are a new creation. And being in Him, as I said before, is the safest most peaceful place to be. Sure, your emotions may ebb and flow, but once you yield to Jesus, and you’re no longer the one in charge, He becomes your anchor. The storms of life may crash around you, but He holds you safe and secure. He is in control.

      Prayer is more an attitude of your heart towards Jesus than it is about finding those perfect words. So don’t worry about “scheduling” time to pray every day — allow Jesus into every aspect of your life — talk to Him about what’s going on right now. Commune with Him in your heart, in your spirit — moment by moment. He LOVES just to be with you.

      I hope this helps. Here is my testimony about how I came to know God, and perhaps it will encourage you: https://momentbymoment.com/about/.

      Also, you may find these three posts helpful: https://momentbymoment.com/on-remaining-in-gods-presence/ , https://momentbymoment.com/when-you-feel-invisible-the-hidden-value-of-anonymity/ , https://momentbymoment.com/when-god-is-not-who-youd-prefer-him-to-be/

      I am praying for you. Feel free to comment on other posts too, and I will answer there too. If you click on the “God” category in the menu, you will also see other articles. — blessings to you, Ali

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