Reasons I Don’t Pray Enough

I don’t pray enough! If I may be so bold, you probably don’t either! I think that, if we are all honest, none of us can pray enough. We know how important prayer is yet we fail to follow through. Lately, I have been thinking about the reasons I don’t pray enough, and I want to share some of the things I do wrong.

Photo Alberto Magallanes Trejo via freeimages.com

Photo Alberto Magallanes Trejo via freeimages.com

Most of us understand the importance of prayer. We can probably quote all of the verses about prayer from memory (James 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6, and several others). We are also aware of the examples of Jesus, Paul, Hezekiah, the early Church and many other Godly people in God’s Word. However, just because we know something does not mean we do it.

If you’re like me and need to pray more, here are the reasons I don’t pray like I should. Perhaps they will connect with you and encourage you to pray.

I don’t make time. This gets the to the heart of most of the issue! If something is important, we make time for it! Often, I don’t set aside adequate time for prayer. Prayer should cost us something. Prayer is not meant to be done “whenever we have a chance.”

Prayer is not meant to be done “whenever we have a chance.”

I don’t think about it. Prayer doesn’t cross my mind as much as it should. I let myself get distracted by stuff (not bad stuff, but just stuff) and become neglectful just because my mind is not on the most important things.

I like doing it myself. Prayer involves admitting I cannot do Ministry on my own. In my flesh, I don’t like this. I like to think that I have also the answers and can handle it. Truth is, I can’t do Ministry on my own, and nor should anyone attempt that!

These are some of the reason that I do not pray enough. I want to end with some application by way of a story.

Several years ago, I was interning at a church in Georgia and, one evening, my house mate was headed to the gym while I was playing video games. I jokingly told him he was making me feel bad, because I was playing video games and he was doing something productive. He took one look at me and said “do something about it,” and left.

If I’m not happy about how things are, I ask, “what can I do about it?”

That always stuck with me. If I’m not happy about how things are, I ask, “what can I do about it?” I intend to focus on improving my prayer life in the coming months and I want to encourage you to do the same and change the way you pray! You church needs it, your ministry needs it, and lost souls in your community need it!

What causes you to struggle with prayer? Share your thoughts here.

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