Troubleshooting Prayer Problems
doesn't matter how religious you are, how close your relationship to God, or how
much of a prayer warrior you may be. WE ALL have problems with prayer at one
time or another. We cannot focus on the words we wish to say to Jesus, even if
they are written down. We feel distant and cannot feel His presence with us
during prayer. It may even feel as if we're talking to a wall, and no one is
listening. These feelings are, in truth, guidance we are receiving from God; and
usually means one of three things:
We are off focus our everyday focus, the primary thing
that encumbers most of our thoughts, is on the wrong thing ... the wrong path.
Example: My goal is to help others grow their relationships with
God; however, I have a media services business that requires quite a bit of my
time, as well otherwise, I can't pay my bills or the other nuisance things,
like eating. Sometimes, I put more focus on my business than my life's goal,
which takes me off my spiritual path. This is being off focus.
Solution: Work to get back on focus.
We are too emotional. We are upset about something, and
the emotions are interfering with our relationship with God.
Solution: Whatever is making you emotional, turn it over
to God. Let go and let God! Ask the Lord to take the situation and give you
guidance or resolve the problem even if the situation is a positive thing, if
it's making you so emotional that you're having problems praying, it's a
problem. Let God handle it for you.
We're trying to control. We all have problems in this
area. Even when we know to include God in our lives and allow Him to guide us
and bring about results, we and our egos have a tendency to "take over" without
realizing it. And generally, when we do, it doesn't go as smoothly.
Solution: The same as in #2 above.
So, the next time you're having problem concentrating during
prayer or feel as if you're disconnected from God, ask yourself if you're doing
any of the above three. It's always one of them!
by Patricia Hawke
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