It’s time to get really honest here on the blog with one of my struggles as a Christian.
I am really bad at praying. I know God wants to hear from us and be in relationship with us in this way everyday, I just don’t always make the time to make prayer a priority.
I am really good at making excuses and justifications about my bad prayer life…Like God already knows my prayers without me having to speak them… or I don’t want to be selfish in asking for so much from God… or this really isn’t worth bothering him about.
Okay, let’s just think about these excuses for a moment.
- God already knows my prayers.
Yes, this is a true statement BUT this is like saying, oh my significant other or best friend or mom knows I love them, therefore I never have to tell them “I love you.”
Ummmmm, I don’t know about your SO, friends, or mom but I don’t think that would fly. Reminders of how we feel for each other only strengthen our relationships.
- I don’t want to be selfish in asking for stuff from God.
Asking for stuff from Christ is not selfish. In fact the bible tells us instead, God delights in our lives. “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23
If he can delight in every mundane detail of our lives, why would we pause for a second in coming to him with EVERYTHING! As pastor Tim Keller is known for saying, “prayer makes things happen that wouldn’t happen if we hadn’t prayed about them.”
This is so true! God wants us to come to him and ask for help and he delights in helping us, it is not selfish if he is willing.
- This isn’t worth bothering him about.
Ummmmmm…. this is a lie from Satan and the world and completely contradicts everything the bible tells us. God cares about us deeply and wants us to come to him in our trials and in the good times.
Think about this situation: you get severely injured while out riding your bike and you are stranded 4 miles away from home. Your phone is fine and completely charged. Would you think for a second for calling for help?
Probably not. You’d pick up your phone and call, scream, cry, and share the sordid story and ask for help from whoever it is.
Say for example you decided to be silly and limp home without calling for help because you didn’t want to bother them. Once you do get home and your family or roommates see you, they will be mad on why you didn’t call them for help. They love you and want to help you and get mad when you don’t give them this opportunity.
God feels the same way about us! He wants us to give him the opportunity to help us.
All three of these are straight up crazy. AND NOTHING MORE THAN EXCUSES.
As Philippians 4:6-7 states “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
What a great promise. And an awesome reminder of our need to pray continuously and continuously rely on Christ to listen and answer our prayers! After all, he loves us far more than any one on this earth.
I’d love it if you guys wanted to help keep me accountable to trying to refocus every one of my days to remember to pray continuously! God Bless!