The practice of daily prayer tends to reveal the deficiencies of our spirituality. What I mean by that is, when we set aside time to pray each day, the content and fervency of our prayers reveals so much about the condition of our walks with God. This is because it is so hard to remain consistent every day with a consistent level of passion and conviction as well as to pray for extended periods of time when there are spiritual deficiencies in our lives.
But only when these deficiencies are revealed do we truly begin to grow and strengthen our spiritual life. And there are many reasons why it can be hard to pray. Here are just five quick reasons why it can be hard to pray:
- The worries and concerns of life are too great that we can’t even think to pray.
- The worries and concerns of life are too small that we don’t even think to pray.
- We don’t know how to pray or what to pray for.
- We don’t believe in the power of prayer.
- You are not saved or there is unrepentant sin in your life.
From general experience, we are led a lot to simply pour out our hearts to God. To just open our hearts and pour out everything to Him. Many times, this helps us to pray.
But if all we are doing when we pray is pouring out our hearts, what happens when our hearts are empty? What if what is coming out of our hearts is not the prayers God desires you to pray?
That’s why some Christians search out special retreats and worship concerts. They begin to rely and search for moments where their hearts are moved. And that is when the circumstances and the state of our hearts begin to dictate our prayers and how we feel at a certain moment determines whether we are encouraged to pray or hindered to pray. We begin to rely on those times of prayer to fill and match our emotional desires.
But when we begin to rely more on prayer for emotional fulfillment, we begin to notice that our emotions can be fulfilled a lot more outside of prayer and in conversations with other people. Because people have an immediate physical reaction and response to our emotional needs. Over time, our prayer times may feel so cold and distant from God because our spirituality can be based on whether the heart is full or empty. When we base our prayers on what we feel, our spiritual health is dictated by our emotions. When we base our prayers on what we know, we limit God in our own understanding.
Prayer cannot remain just a pouring out of our hearts. Prayer must move us into the Spirit and into the Truth. We cannot rely on the state of our emotions to dictate the conviction and power of our prayers. Our prayers must be determined by the filling of the Holy Spirit and the richness of the Word of God in our lives.
Prayer becomes so much more and we can pray whether our hearts may be dry or full if we go beyond simply pouring out our hearts and start to fill our hearts. Pour in the Bible and asking for the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts. Meditation on the Word of God allows us to fill ourselves with the truths of Scripture and informs the richness of our prayers.
We must be pouring out to God, not through the dryness of our hearts, but by the abundant and steadfast truths we find in the Word of God. As we pour into His Word and into His Spirit, our broken spirits find healing, our dry and empty hearts spring forth the everlasting streams of living water, and our understanding and perspective realign with God’s. This pouring in is required to grow deeper in love and devotion to Jesus Christ in our lives and have a rich and thriving prayer life.