We asked Today in the Word devotional Bible study readers: What are some ways you struggle or have struggled with prayer? Their responses will reassure you that you aren’t alone if you struggle to pray!
In the Psalms, the biblical authors cry out to God showing all types of emotions. If you too are “Longing for God,” you will find a 30-day Bible study on the Psalms here. In this study, you will learn how to rely on God during times of suffering or distress, praise God in the midst of unanswered prayer, embrace the hope we have in Jesus our Messiah, and express thanks and praise for all God has done
Here’s what readers said are their most common problems in regards to prayer.
What can help you stay focused and connected to God in prayer?
Donna finds help by “praying His Word and promises back to Him in my prayers.” She also says that simply being still and physically stopping her activity brings richness to her prayer life. “I recently began reading Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer and just learned I also need to be STILL. After I'm done talking to God, in order to hear God's voice speaking to me, I need to quiet my mind.”
Judy uses creative ways to refocus on prayer. She says, “I have lots of health issues & have constant pain which causes me not to want to pray. I feel irritated & not worthy sometimes. However, listening to praise music helps me & reading the word out loud to myself. Listening to the Bible on CD & singing along with praise music on CD & radio focuses my mind on God.”
We hope you are encouraged by these recommendations and words of encouragement about prayer from fellow believers.
The struggle to pray is real for many of us. There are many ways to overcome this problem. One of them is to set aside regular time to spend in God’s presence. A free resource available to you is “Longing for God,” a study of Psalms, published by Moody’s Today in the Word devotional.