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Why is it so hard for me to pray when life turns upside down and I should be finding strength in God? It seems as though those times should be the easiest times to pray, doesn’t it?
Many people turn to God more when they go through difficult times. When things go wrong, they draw closer to the source of all comfort and lean on Him more. Many people actually find God to begin with when they go through traumatic life experiences. But what about people, like me, who find it difficult to pray when we go through tough times?
Let’s examine this further and see how we can turn to God more when we experience difficulties!
Praying For Help Instead of Running Away
I am an introvert by nature and I believe that is part of why I go through an emotional shutdown, even from God, when I go through trials. Throughout my life, especially in my past relationships, I learned to bottle up my feelings and rely on myself because I couldn’t rely on anyone else.
This sense of “wallowing” (for lack of a better word) carried over into my relationship with God.
I can easily experience that emotional shutdown when I go through trauma of any kind, even when it is not severe. Instead of finding strength in God I will often find myself giving in to this fight or flight response if I am not careful.
Rather than praying for help in these times and running to the War Room, I would sink into my own bubble and isolate myself from God and from others.
I needed to find a way to pray for help at a time when praying seemed to be the LAST thing I FELT like doing!I am an introvert by nature and I believe that is part of why I withdraw even from God when I go through trials. Click To Tweet
Finding Strength in God When Life Happens
When life happens, finding strength in God can easily be something we miss! It has certainly been the case with me lately. Stressors happen and it becomes so easy to hyper-focus on them.
It definitely makes me look back on a really trying time!
First, we had been trying to buy a home and each and every time we entered into contract, the home was found to be far worse upon our inspection than we anticipated. It had been costly, since each time we had to pay for the inspection just to find out we wouldn’t be moving forward.
I developed viral pinkeye and three weeks and two prescriptions later and it not only hadn’t gone away, but the virus spread to other organs and I developed pleurisy. I ended up at the ER with chest pains.
And then three nights later, we began hearing noise within the wall on our staircase to our second floor. It got louder and more frequent. It is so loud in fact that it sounds like something is running up and down our stairs.
After inspection by our pest control service, we found that we had a mouse (or mice) in the walland they treated the crawl space under the house but it could take up to a week to be rid of them (thankfully they were only in the wall and under the house and there was no sign of them inside THAT time).
I have anxiety. Waking up at 3 am to what sounded like a large raccoon bounding down our steps into the kitchen is just a major “trigger” that caused me to feel panicked. It sounded worse than it was apparently since pest control saw evidence of mice and only mice under the house!
But every sound in the wall sends my heart racing and causes me to literally shiver.
Finding Your Strength in God When You’re Too Weak to Pray
Now I tell you all this, not to complain! My problems are relatively minor, believe me.
I tell you this because, for people like me with anxiety or people who tend to be introvertedit is difficult to get outside yourself and unfold, finding it difficult to pray!
But the Bible says in Romans 8:26:
The Word acknowledges there WILL be times when we are so weak that we need to fall upon theintercession of the Spirit! Finding strength in the Lord often means finding peace with our own weakness and leaning on Him alone.
We tend to think of prayer as sitting and telling Adonai our needs or carrying the needs of others to Him. But prayer is also just sometimes coming and falling apart before Him and letting the Spirit do the carrying for us. Finding strength in God doesn’t mean WE are strong. It means that our strength is found in leaning on Him, the One who controls the wind and waves!
It is perfectly OK for me to just stand at the Mercy Seat and say “I’ve got nothing in me. I need you” and He hears and answers! He WANTS you to come to Him even when you’re finding it difficult to pray, or even speak a word!We tend to think of prayer as sitting and telling God our needs or carrying the needs of others to Him. But prayer is also just sometimes coming and falling apart before Him and letting the Spirit do the carrying for us! Click To Tweet
Your trials, problems, concerns…they are no surprise to God. He knows what you have need of even before you ask!
Matthew 6:8 says:
Cry Out to Jesus
Finding strength in God begins with a cry out to Him!
He already knows what you are going through. He knows how distraught you might feel. And He can sympathize with you and knows what is on your heart!
Hebrews 4:15 says:
Yeshua is our high priest, our kohen gadol in the Order of Melchizedek! He knows our weaknesses! Whether our weaknesses with regards to temptation or our weaknesses with regards to our trials, He gets you!
Don’t feel as though your prayer time needs to be eloquent or even vocal! Go to Him and just BE in His comforting presence and allow the Spirit, the Ruach HaKodesh to make intercession for you!
As a parent, sometimes our children go through hurtful experiences and maybe don’t want to talk! Sometimes they just need to be held. Like them, as children of Adonai, sometimes we just need our Abba, our Father, to hold us! Words are not required!
Finding strength in God is possible in your weakness because it is in our weakness He is shown to be strong! He can do more for me in my trials than I or any other person can do!
Just cry out to Jesus!He already knows what you are going through. He knows how distraught you might feel. And He can sympathize with you and knows what is on your heart Click To Tweet
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