Prayerlessness is something we all have experienced (or are experiencing) as believers. Truth is, praying sometimes can be hard.
You know, you have some pressing family needs to attend to, you have the games to catch up on, or even your workload is a complete mess.
These things take a chunk of our time from prayer, and soon, we’d discover we’ve not really prayed for a while.
This did not start today. The twelve disciples of Jesus had the same problem when He was with them here on earth. They got fed up and asked Him to teach them how to pray.
It was humbling, but they had to because they knew the power of prayer to the Christian race. They understood what Jesus told them about prayer, and wanted to make it a part of their lives.
Below are 7 Proven Ways you can use to fight Prayerlessness in your Life:
Build Your Faith in God Through His Word
When you look into the true cause of prayerlessness, you will discover it is more of a faith problem than a discipline problem. You see, prayer is the language of faith in God’s promises. It is acknowledging God’s words about a particular situation; affirming it and reminding Him of what He has said concerning you.
So building your faith automatically strengthens your prayer life. But how do you build your faith? Through a careful study of God’s word. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”.
John Calvin in his book, Enjoying Your Prayer Life, called prayer the “chief exercise of faith”. This justifies that when your faith is awake, prayer no longer feels like a burden to you; it becomes natural.
Take Out Time and Think of God’s Goodness Over the Years
Sometimes we forget too soon all the great things God has done for us. We tend to focus more on the tantrums life throws at us from right left and center. We forget when we prayed dearly for a promotion or for that business deal. It came, we got busy and forgot the God behind it.
Prayerlessness sets in too quickly when we forget that it was God’s grace that has brought us this far. Just like King Solomon once said in Lamentations 3:21, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope”. When you call to mind all the goodness of God, you will want to break down in tears for how He has made you worthy of that goodness.
Focus on the Reward
Matthew 6:6 made us understand that when you pray, God rewards you. But what is the reward, you may want to ask. Jesus said in John 6: 35, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
We hunger and thirst for joy, peace, and pleasure every single day. But when you pray based on the reward that you will thirst or hunger no more, your prayerlessness will take a bow.
Change Your Orientation About Prayer
I believe prayerlessness comes from the belief that prayer is asking God about stuff as opposed to building intimacy with God. When your orientation about prayer is wrong, you will definitely struggle with praying. Of course, if you ask and you’ve received, what else is there to ask?
But dear, it’s not all about asking and receiving; it’s about building a strong relationship with the Father. It’s about getting more intimate, getting to know His voice, getting to understand Him better in the place of prayer.
Train Yourself to Respond to Every prompt to Pray
When we have the Holy Spirit in us as believers, we usually get prompted to pray at certain times. Sometimes, we obey those prompts, some other times we ignore. If you want to fight against your prayerlessness, you have to train yourself to obey those prompts to pray.
See it as a spiritual signal against certain attacks on your life or a loved one. We’ve heard stories of how people obeyed certain prompts by the spirit and saved a loved one’s life. No, you don’t have to know what you’re praying for; you just have to open your mind and mouth and blast in tongues.
John 16: 13 boldly states that “when the spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come”.
Yes. There are certain spiritual challenges you can take care of by yourself. There are other ones you can’t; you need a counselor to put you through, guide you along the right path, and help you find where you missed it. The counselor can be your local pastor or the prayer coordinator for your local church.
You see, prayerlessness is something serious, and you have to treat it as such. Join forces with a co-believer. Sometimes, it’s not even what you think it is; it takes a counselor to help you summon the courage to face the questions you’ve been avoiding your whole life.
Shannon L. Alder said it best, “Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
Ask Jesus to Strengthen Your Faith in His Promises
Like I mentioned earlier, prayerlessness is more of a faith problem than a discipline problem. But sometimes, you can try to – study the word and get closer in faith with God, but your mind is too busy to let you. What do you do at this point?
Ask Jesus. Yes, ask Jesus. In Mark 9:24, the Father of the possessed boy that Jesus healed asked Jesus to help his unbelief. Jesus asked him if he believed, everything was possible, and “immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Prayerlessness means less belief in God’s promises concerning you. Ask Jesus to help your unbelief – and He will.
There is no easier sin to commit than the sin of prayerlessness. It is a sin against God and against Man – Wesley Duewel