Apr 03, 2017 by Will Maule

3 Things To Do When You REALLY Don't Feel Like Praying

As Christians, we are called to pray. Not only this, but we should try to ensure that prayer is part of the daily rhythm of our lives. That being said, sometimes we just don't feel like praying! Right? Perhaps you're tired, have had a rough day, or simply want to zone out and watch Netflix, praying can often be relegated to the bottom of our list. Well, Patrick Mabilog at Christian Today has 3 great tips on what we should do when we feel like this. 

1. Don't pray out of duty but as a means of delighting in God
"Sometimes we lose the zeal to pray in difficult times because we treat prayer like a chore—a ritual that has to be met—instead of treating it as a means to delightfully approach God and come to Him to experience rest and comfort. If we view prayer this way, then it actually makes more sense to draw near to God in prayer when times get tough. Having no desire for prayer is a sure sign that we really need prayer."

2. Say what you want to say to God
"Another misconception about prayer is that sometimes we think that we have to come to God with the right words that are "politically" correct and nice. But let's look at how David would often pray to God: "I say to God my Rock, why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning oppressed by the enemy? My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, 'Where is your God'?" (Psalm 42:9-11)"

3. Remember that it's not about what we do but what Christ has already done
"Whether you pray or not will not affect God's move in your life. As the Bible tells us, God already knows our needs before we ask (Matthew 6:8). We pray not to earn God's favour since the latter is already set with Christ's finished work on the cross. So what then is the point of praying? The purpose of prayer is to grow in relationship with God. When we pray, God actually communicates more to us than we communicate to Him. It's in prayer that He assures us more of His will, power, and faithfulness. We pray not to get things done but because Jesus has now said that "it is done.""

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