“Be still and know that I am God.”
I’ll be honest, sometimes I don’t feel like praying. I’m either too tired, things are going too great that I don’t feel like stopping to pray or I am so wrapped up in my own struggles that I cannot quiet my mind enough to fully pray. Crazy right?
We’ve all been there for different reasons or another. We know in our hearts that we need God and that He is bigger than any problem we ever face. He alone can restore our weariness and all we have to do is go to Him.
The other night, after tucking the kids to bed, I retreated to my bedroom for some prayer time. I brought my phone with me so I could put on some soothing music to help drown out the very loud but much-loved Podcast my kids fall asleep to (It’s called Wow In the World, if you’re curious).
I made sure I had everything I need for a full prayer session….
Journal to jot down the flood of inspiration that is to come, check
Quiet mind, check
Breathing exercise, check.
And I waited; my mind starts to think about all the others things on my to-do list, dinner for tomorrow and whether I needed to make a stop at Target after work. So annoying.
If you’re like me, something you feel like you have to say something remarkable for God to stop what He’s doing and pay attention. But we should remember that God is not like us, He is not limited, He is all powerful and ever present. He is always with us no matter what is going on in our lives.
Here are 5 ways to speak to God even when you don’t know what to say or when you don’t feel like praying.
1. Give Thanks
Being grateful is so very powerful and opens our Spirit to all the good in our lives. When you don’t feel like praying or don’t know what to say, just sit quietly and thank God for all you have. Thank Him for everything that comes to mind. I always tell myself that I came to this world, naked, a little afraid, crying and with nothing and yet look at all God has given me, a loving family, a cozy home, a meaningful job, caring friends and joy in my heart – what else can I ask for? (don’t answer that question) . Everything I could ever need comes from Him. “The Lord will supply your every need.” When we see ourselves this way and see the goodness of God in our lives, it’s easier to give thanks and to remember our many, many blessings.
If you are looking for a helpful resource to help you get started on your prayer journey, check out the Get Spiritually Fit guide I created just for you.
2. Read Psalms
Oh how I love the Psalms. They are like balm to my aching heart and joy to my soul. When you don’t feel like praying or don’t know what to say in prayer, I suggest you need only turn to the Psalms to find peace and get your prayer juices flowing.
Psalm 23: As you might know from my previous post, one of my favorite prayer is Psalm 23. Read this and know that it has been written just for you. When you have God, your Good Shepherd, you have everything you could ever want. As you read it, picture yourself in the “fields of green grass”, see Him ‘fill your cup to the brim”, feel Him ‘refresh your soul’. Doesn’t that feel so wonderful.
Psalm 91: My mom taught me this prayer when I was about 10 years old. It has been a source of comfort for me when I am feeling afraid, anxious or down. It it the prayer I say after a bad dream, or after an especially hard day with the kids or at work. I LOVE this Psalm. It just means so much to me that God would love me so much that He would send His angels to ‘protect me wherever I go’. I know that nothing will happen to me because my Father and His armies of angels are with me. I intend to teach this to my sons as well so that they can use it when they feel afraid.
When I don’t know what to say or don’t feel like praying, I just sit in silence and visualize. I picture Jesus sitting next to me as a friend would, and I tell him all my worries, my hopes, my dreams. I share my own personal experience with visualization and show you how you can create your very own here.
I also find reading the gospel of Luke, and the books of Ruth and Esther and as I read these, I visualize that I am in the sto
ry. I am not just reading the story, I am a part of it. I actively see what is being describe.
Try it and be amazed by how powerful this experience can be.
I believe we are made to glorify and praise the Lord so when I don’t know what to say while praying, I use the time to praise and glorify my Father. I recite this praise prayer that I found in The Miracle Hour. I love reciting the name of Jesus and reminding myself of His power and love.
Praising through music is my ultimate go-to when I don’t feel like praying or do not know what to say. Sometimes the words of songs like “Oh My Soul” reminds me of God’s overwhelming love for me and instantly puts me in a space of gratitude, and amazement. I play “Old Church Choir” on high to remind myself that my joy has been given to me by God and no one can take it away from me.
5. Sit in Silence
The minute the close your eyes and relax your body, your mind gets busy reminding you of all the things on your to-do list that needs your attention right now. Don’t let it get in your way. Tell that voice that right now you are going to spend time with God and that you will pay attention to it later when you are done. I am in control of my mind, my mind is not in control of me. Easier said than done I know but stay strong and spend a few minutes in prayerful expectation that the Holy Spirit will speak to you and inspire you. I sometimes have my best prayer times when I say nothing at all, and just rest in the presence of my Father.
I hope that you will try one of these the next time you find yourself not knowing what to say during prayer or when you don’t feel like praying. “Be still and know that I am God”. Let me know which one you try. What is your favorite prayer when you don’t feel like praying I’d love to hear from you below? I’d love to hear.
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