Why Is It So Hard To Pray?

post95pic1aIf prayer is difficult for you, consider yourself in good company – even the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. And, I will confess, sometimes prayer is the most difficult thing I do all day!

There are lots of reasons why it’s hard to pray, and one reason is simply time – it takes time to pray and I’m busy. Isn’t grabbing a few minutes in the shower, or while I’m running errands sufficient prayer time? Does God really want more than that out of my busy day? Besides, how long can it take to hand God the daily “to-do” list?

It doesn’t take but a few minutes to give a handyman a list of repairs.

post95pic2a“God, today, would you fix this, repair that, mend the other thing, and if you could get it all done before I get home from work that would be great!”

And a child can give Santa a Christmas list in barely any time.

post95pic3a“God, I’ve been really good; I am involved in ministry, I’ve gone to church almost every Sunday, and I baked a casserole for my sick neighbor. I would like this, that, and the other thing, and if you think of anything else you want to bring me that would be great!”

post95pic4aAnd how long does it take to make a wish? “God, if you really exist, I wish for this, that and the other thing, and if you can think of anything else that would make me happy that would be great!”

Unfortunately, there are times when my prayers degenerate into words that don’t sound a whole lot different than these illustrations. Those are the times when my life is as powerless as a fictitious genie in a lamp; I simply go about the day checking tasks off my list.

Oh sure, I get lots of things accomplished, and people might even compliment me on how busy I am. I’m competent and fairly intelligent; I can maneuver through my agenda pretty well. But there is no power from God. There is nothing about my life that makes God look good; nothing which brings Him glory and honor.

Fortunately, God is gracious and doesn’t let me live this way for very long before He reminds me of who He is: The Mighty God, the Holy One of Israel, the Everlasting Father, the High and Lofty One, the Lord Almighty, the King of Heaven’s Armies, the Sovereign and Majestic Ruler over all. He reminds me that if I want to accomplish anything for Him, I must come before Him in surrender and prayer. If I want to experience His power, it is unleashed in prayer. He calls me to my knees. So I pray.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5 NIV

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 NLT

Every minute of every hour of every day God is waiting for me to spend time with Him in prayer. Why do I hesitate? Why do you? He’s available right now.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16 NIV

How long has it been since you spent more than a hurried moment with God? How long has it been since you experienced His almighty power?

“You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.” – Psalm 86:5-6 NIV  post95pic5a

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”
– Isaiah 65:24 NIV

Isn’t the God of the universe worth spending time with? He’s waiting. Will you go to Him now? Will you linger for a while and enjoy His glorious presence?

12 thoughts on “Why Is It So Hard To Pray?

  1. Have you got a spy following me! While some of the reasons might be the same the rest is about me.In the world of prayer warriors I wouldn’t even be allowed to carry their weapons as a surf.Epic failure comes to mind.THANKS FOR THE KICK IN THE BUTT!!!!

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  2. Monica Matthias

    Prayer is so important to our relationship with the Lord. We live in a world so full of business and distraction that can quickly take our thoughts from the one who can fully bring us what we need. He is our Cornerstone. If we want to align ourselves with His will we must spend time with Him, walk with Him and truly see Him in our day. This requires us to stop, be still and know that He is God. May we truly be in communion with our Lord. Only through Christ can we truly be satisfied.

    I am challenged and encouraged by your posts, Marcia. Thank you for walking with the Lord and for allowing Him to work through you. May you be blessed in the Lord today!


  3. Kari

    Right on! Prayer is so important to me, but through the darkest trials it’s hard to get on your knee’s and Praise his name.
    This article was a sweet reminder, he is daily longing for his bride to chat with him.
    A gentle reminder he like any other parent, longs for the intimacy and not the want list .
    Blessings to you!


  4. I agree and there is so much more going on…the spiritual battle that is happening whenever we even attempt to pray. The spiritual warfare that is fighting so hard to prevent anyone from going to God in prayer…the lies of doubt and fear and uncertainty, of how busy we are, of how much time prayer takes, of how we have to have that perfect setting even before we pray etc etc etc. I thank God that He is the Victor already and we have that Spirit in us! Amen?

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  5. Sue

    So true! Much of prayer is building and maintaining a relationship with God, not just telling Him what we need or want. We need those quickie prayers throughout the day that bring our minds back to God, as well as longer dedicated prayer times. This reminds me of Larnell Harris’ song, “I Miss My Time With You,” about God waiting for people to spend time with Him.


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