14 thoughts on “Question about Prayer

  1. God knows everything including the desires and concerns of my heart, so why do I need to pray? I would just be boring Him. I shouldn’t worry about things, and praying about things shows that I’m worried, which He tells us not to do. What’s going to happen is going to happen; is praying really going to change the course of events?

  2. My immediate response to the challenge of prayer was….time to do it! But after thinking it over, the challenges run much deeper.
    The biggest challenge of mine, is waiting for the Lord to answer. Faith is always my challenge. ….I pray, I know He will answer, but it is not always in My timing. …so I have to hold on to faith, know He is working even when I can’t see and stay strong and believe.
    Psalm 27:13-14
    I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living
    Wait for the Lord
    Be strong and take heart
    And wait for the Lord

    Knowing His Word makes the waiting easier.

  3. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that the God of the Universe listens to little ole me when I pray. How is that possible?! But He does listen and then answers!

    “Amazing love, how can it be that you my God would die for me?”

  4. Why would God want to hear about my life? One challenge is to remember to be thankful–“in everything give thanks”. Another challenge is listening and waiting.

  5. The challenge for me in prayer is to simply wait upon Him and worship Him for who He is, not for what I want Him to do. To press on in faith regardless of circumstances, trusting in His goodness and sovereignty in spite of what is invisible to me! We all know that “love never fails” but it can be challenging to press on in prayer when facing a heartache. It can appear that He is not answering when the heartache remains. However, I do believe that God is ALWAYS at work, that He ALWAYS hears our prayers and that prayer is a comforting gift!

  6. For me, the challenge is focus and constancy right now. I love the image that Jill Briscoe uses of
    “sitting on the steps” waiting to talk to the Lord. When I am sitting next to Him- talking to Him, and listening–it’s so much easier to “be earnest in prayer”!

  7. Taking time. To listen and to no just rush through everything. I find myself running through my list of wants, needs, and desires, and then wrapping it up, with a few “thanks” scattered in for good measure, and maybe a quick forgiveness thought. I sort of cover all my bases and then head out, because I feel like I need to get on to the next thing. The problem is that I would never talk to any of my friends or family like that. I need to slow down, listen, be present. Realize that God is actually there and wanting to talk.

    • Sam, I like the way you point out the difference between ‘appropriate’ conversation with friends and family and the way you talk to God. That’s not something we think about often enough!

  8. I struggle with knowing what to say when I am praying. Lots of times I feel like I have nothing to say because I don’t know what I need or want to say. Praying is hard also because I want to say the right things and I want to have something to say, but many times I don’t know that right thing or have anything to say. Its hard for me.

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