The Reason to Pray, Even When It’s a Struggleby Cynthia Jennings on April 28, 2021
Prayer has been one of the greatest challenges in many Christians lives. Whereas Christians are commanded, encouraged, invited and often compelled to pray, there is still a struggle to pray. Most struggles rest in primarily three areas.
The struggle with concentration: We struggle with concentration because our flesh is weak. (Mathew 26:41). Why is it that as soon as I bow my head to pray, my thoughts start to scatter? Instead of communication with God, I think about what to cook for dinner, what’s on my too do list, why are the birds chirping so loud.
The struggle with consistency: The struggle with consistency is tied to our faith being weary (Mark 9:24). How often are you distracted by the beeps and buzzing of your phone? The distraction of did I finish what was on my to do list? Or you’re so busy you jump out of bed at the last minute, start your day without any real prayer at all. In making time daily to meet with the Lord in prayer, we sometimes encounter seasons where faith is diminished. Pain and trials can be factors in a diminished faith. Unanswered prayer can be difficult to understand. And when God’s promises seem unanswered, we wonder if He is even listening to our request.
The struggle with content: We struggle with content because our pattern is wrong (Matthew 6:7). Sometimes
Remember, the purpose of prayer is not just to get answers. The purpose is to develop an intimate, personal relationship with the One who loves you, gave Himself for you and longs for you to live in the light of His presence. Achieving this purpose makes the struggle more than worthwhile.
Jeremiah 29:12- Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
Psalm 145:18-- The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Matthew 6:6-- But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Romans 8:26--26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18-- 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Hebrews 4:16-- Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.