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How do I pray to God when my heart isn’t in it.


Thank you so much for your honest question about prayer.

Jesus is very clear when he spoke a parable to His disciples saying that “men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). That is, they ought always (anywhere, anytime, anyplace and about anything) to pray and not give in, give up, get out, faint or fall down.

Prayer is the great privilege of the children of God and when we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord, we are praying to our Father in heaven. So, as a child of God, prayer is quite simple! Jesus says “When you pray….SAY…” (Luke 11:2) (emphasis added). In other words, open your lips and just speak.

The Bible says many wonderful things about the origin, meaning and practice of prayer, but essentially it is simply speaking to God our Father. 

Due to the sheer busyness of life, we are often half-hearted, tired and distracted. Maybe it is the job we have to do at work today which we do not really like. The teacher we have to see and speak to about our children’s poor performance. The concern we have to show our doctor. The call we make to the energy company regarding our inability to pay a bill, etc. Yet we have to rally our hearts and minds to do these things nonetheless. In the same way, it is our responsibility to stir up our own hearts and mind in prayer to God and constantly and consistently engage in it, especially when we do not feel like it!

A famous preacher once said, 'When I feel like praying I must pray - because it would be sinful to neglect such an opportunity. And when I do not feel like praying I must pray - because it would be sinful to remain in such a condition!'

Remember, Jesus said, “men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

Yes, you may not feel like praying, but this is all the more reason for you to do so! Why not pray the most famous of prayers, the one that Jesus taught his disciples:

"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." (Matthew 6:9-15)

Here are some further Bible References for your consideration:

  • Exodus 32:11
  • 1 Samuel 1:15
  • 2 Chronicles 32:20
  • Job 8:5
  • Psalms 73:28
  • Matthew 7:7,8 & 21:22
  • Mark 11:24
  • John 14:13,14
  • Ephesians 3:14
  • Hebrews 10:22

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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

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