Does your prayer life get into a rut?
Are you just going through the motions?
Praying to the Creator of the universe, our Holy, Almighty God is a privilege. He who calls us His children wants us to come to Him. But why does it seem so difficult sometimes? It is amazing that He wants to hear from us and be at work in our lives, working on our behalf. He thinks about us, cares for us, and desires intimacy with us. Yet, I hear so many Christians talk about their struggles with prayer. I, too, have struggled with prayer.
The trouble with prayer is
– Prayer takes time, and there always seems to be a shortage of time in our lives.
– Prayer requires us to be fully present, knowing the Lord’s presence. Our being fully present means setting aside a million little distractions of the day.
– Prayer is all about our relationship with our Heavenly Father, and many of us struggle to know Him as our Sweet Abba. We struggle to know and feel His love for us.
– Prayer, really pouring out your heart, means learning humility and recognizing how fragile we really are. It means realizing our human frailty and desperate dependence on God. Who wants to go there? It feels safer believing we are in control, besides, feeling self-sufficient increases our feeling of independence.
– Prayer means being thoughtful and cognizant of others and their needs. We are often so busy and self-focused, we miss out on so many opportunities to lift up others in prayer.
– Prayer means being open to the Spirit of God, having our ears open to hear His windwords. There is so much noise in our lives, and we don’t take time for the disciplines of silence and solitude to hear His gentle whisper.
It sounds overwhelming, and sometimes it just feels like we can’t do it right. But, it all comes down to one thing, do you really want relationship and intimacy?
I have enjoyed writing out my prayers for years, but for a while I found myself writing the same things everyday. I got bored. I felt extremely frustrated. I was in a rut. It was obvious that I was just going through the motions, my heart wasn’t in it. I wasn’t desperate for knowing the Lord more, or growing in intimacy with Him, or hearing from Him. I just was checking off my quiet time off of my to-do list and there was a lot more on the list that I needed to get done, so I just wanted to get through it.
Something had to change. I started praying about prayer. I needed the Lord to teach me how. I wanted to really be with Him, and learn from Him. Little by little, He led me in knowing Him more. He led me in seeking His heart and His will for my life. I am happy to say that I am no longer in that rut. He has lifted me out to the solid ground of a deeper relationship.
Every relationship in our lives that we really care about takes time and effort. How much is your relationship with the Lord worth? What is worth more? It comes down to a matter of priorities.
If your prayer life is in a rut, set aside some time to ask your Heavenly Father to teach you to pray. It is a request that He will always answer. He desires an intimate relationship with you. He is waiting for it. It is why He created you.
He meets us where we are with His heart filled with His unconditional love and stays with us there whispering His Spirit’s windwords to our hearts. Prayer can be a precious gift, when we reach for relationship with Him through it.
Enjoy some time of prayer today.