Have You Ever Felt Like You Couldn’t Pray?
Cultivating an Atmosphere of Praise in Your Life
by Veritas Vita 777
I’ve been a Christian for many years. There have been times in my journey with the Lord that I simply couldn’t pray. In those moments, life had felt so overwhelming. Some of the times, I thought what’s the use, will God even hear my prayers? Other times I’d felt like I had no hope because of the difficult circumstances that I’d found myself in.
“The best atmosphere for prayer is praise.” – Peter Anderson
I agree with this short, but powerful statement by Peter Anderson. If you can’t muster the strength to pray, force yourself to praise God. Yes, I meant that word – force yourself.
In those times when I experienced such debilitating depression that I felt like there was no way out from the troubling circumstances I found myself in, I went to my bedroom, turned on praise and worship music—and just listened. Sure enough, those words – based on promises from God’s Word – began speaking to my heart. Soon, I started quietly singing along. Eventually, my voice lifted louder as I wholeheartedly joined in praising God.
Forcing myself to enter into the zone of praising God flipped a switch in my heart. My perspective changed. Those times of praise and worship opened my spiritual eyes to see that I didn’t have to do it on my own. I didn’t have to turn things around in my life. My task at hand was to simply focus on God and not on my circumstances.
If you feel like you can’t pray and you need help refocusing your spiritual eyes on God, I would encourage you to read Psalm 42. Read it over many times if you have to.
As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and [c]appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
6 [f]O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From [g]the Hill Mizar. 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a [h]breaking of my bones, My enemies [i]reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The [j]help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 42, NKJV)
Once you’ve read through this Psalm several times, work on memorizing verse 5:
The psalmist repeats these words – why are you cast down – in verse 11 and Psalm 43:5. Sometimes you simply need to speak to your soul. It may sound silly, but it’s a vital part of learning how to live a life of thriving as a Christian. Thriving doesn’t mean that everything will always go your way. It means that you are allowing God to work in your life through all of your circumstances—and you’ve learned how to have peace through it all.
Verse 5 is such a pivotal part of this Psalm. It shows how the psalmist asked his soul: why are you so downcast and why are you disquieted within me? The best part of this Psalm is that after the psalmist asks himself these questions, he reminds himself to hope in God. He declares that he shall yet praise God.
Life is never going to be perfect. You’ll go through ups and downs in this life. However, you have the ability to speak to your soul and shake it awake when it needs to refocus on God.
Have you ever felt like you couldn’t pray?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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