“Why should I pray? God doesn’t…”
…have the power to help me.
…answer my prayers.
If you believe in God and have a personal relationship with Him, He does hear your prayers! Even so, it’s common to experience the feelings at one time or another. It’s normal because we are human and it’s easy to get our eyes off of God’s eternal perspective of our lives and others. It’s easy to concentrate just on our present life and our current troubles, and react with worry instead of prayer.
One of the best steps I have taken to help my prayer life is to be part of a Moms in Prayer group. It gives a format to a prayer group:
- Praise (about an attribute of God),
- Thankfulness, and
- Intercession (praying for needs).
The intercession section includes praying a Bible verse over the person you are praying for. I have also found that this is a helpful way to be praying on my own, too. Moms in Prayer concentrates on praying for the needs of your child (of any age), but many of the principles can be adapted for praying for others as well as yourself. My favorite book from the ministry is Mom’s Little Book of Powerful Prayers. Tied for second are Start with Praise: Living Empowered Through Prayer and Unshaken: Experience the Power and Peace of a Life of Prayer (all of these are affiliate links). They also have prayer sheets on their website that you can look at for free if you are curious about this format of prayer.
I also have used Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children: Trusting God with the Ones You Love and Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their Lives. I haven’t read Praying the Scriptures for Your Children: Discover How to Pray God’s Purpose for Their Lives, but it is by the same author. (All books mentioned display affiliate links)
All these books have encouraged me so much in my prayer life to be praying from Scripture. It gets my eyes and heart off of my perspective, and shifts it towards God’s perspective, as I pray from the Bible. It doesn’t mean that all my prayers are from Scripture; many of my prayers with God are just me sharing with Him and waiting quietly before Him. I’ve found, though, my heart changed and my attitude shifted as I pray from His Word because His Word has already shown me where my heart should be. Praying through Scripture helps me to process His Word into thoughts and actions on the issue at hand. That in itself, is an answer to prayer.
If you still have doubts, share them with God! He knows how you are feeling, but being honest with Him in prayer is important. That prayer says, “I don’t know about this, but I’m going to do it anyway”, and that’s a step of faith – a step in the right direction!
For further reading, my pastor recommends The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer (affiliate link). I have not read it myself. He says it will show you the importance of prayer and give you great instruction and encouragement from a mature follower of Christ.
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