How to Pray When You Don’t Want to Pray


How George Mueller Fought Distraction in Prayer

In The Marks of a Spiritual Leader, John Piper shared the example of George Mueller (the great man of faith and advocate for orphans in England) overcoming distraction in prayer. I have found these words from his autobiography helpful in framing my daily pursuit of God and avoiding distractions myself. I hope they bless you too:

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4 Signs Of A Good Prayer LifE

“Prayer is not an exercise, it is the life. “

– Oswald Chambers


I remember hearing Dr. Lutzer of Moody Church say that before he gets out of bed, he prays, “God, how can I glorify You today in my life? Glorify Yourself, even if it’s at my expense.” What a humble prayer that is but the point is the very first thing that Dr. Lutzer does, even before getting out of bed, is to pray. That’s a vital sign of a good prayer life.


4 Signs Of A Good Prayer Life

What’s the Point of Prayer?

Photo Credit: Michael Rastetter.
Photo Credit: Michael Rastetter.

I‘m a bit bleary-eyed but I think it’s around 3AM.

Our son, Sam, is screaming. Again.

It’s been a trying week and a bit what with teething and then an ear infection and then teething again and it seems like, maybe, this time it’s his stomach.

Or tummy, as we seem to call it these days.

It’s nights like these where I roll over, after climbing back into bed, and find myself making obnoxious declarations to my wife. “That’s it! No more kids!” Even though we both know that this too will pass—and we’ll likely be having more.

But it’s nights like these, too, that make me wonder what the heck we pray for.

What’s the point of prayer?

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5 Ways To Pray Without Ceasing

Paul told us that we are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). That text doesn’t mean that we continuously pray and do nothing else, but it surely means more than simply having an attitude of prayer throughout the day. Here are some simple ways to pray continually:

  1. Pray morning, noon, and night. That’s what the psalmist said he did (Psa. 55:17). Begin the day with prayer, end the day with prayer, and set aside time for prayer at least once during the rest of the day. When you pray regularly at these times, you’ll likely begin to build more prayer into your life.
  2. Pray for people you pass throughout the day. For example, think about children for whom you might pray. Pray for those you see standing at the bus stop. Pray for schools you pass, being sure to intercede for children who might be living in tough circumstances. Pray for the kids who live on your street. Even in North America, you might be the only person praying for those children that day.

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What To Pray?

By Bill Smith

What the world needs now is a crazed Muslim leader in the Middle East who has nuclear capabilities to launch a nuclear weapon at the USA. The world needs Christians to suffer and die at the hands of atheistic Communists and rabid Muslims. America needs abortion to continue to be legal for decades to come. Aunt Lucy needs to be diagnosed with stage four cancer. Uncle Joe needs to be in an accident so that he loses a leg. Henrietta needs to lose her child to leukemia. We and the rest of creation need these horrible things.

Who would ever think such things? Who would ever pray for such things? No one that I know.

However, in the infinite wisdom of God, situations like these may indeed be necessities. I know it is repulsive to you. It churns my stomach as well. But so does the cross, yet it was a necessity. Jesus told his disciples on a number of occasions that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem to suffer and die at the hands of Israel’s leaders (cf. e.g., Matthew 16.21). They couldn’t grasp it at the time because it was a category mistake. Messiah doesn’t suffer defeat. He wins. How could this be necessary? To kill the Messiah would be sin. How is sin necessary?

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