Why is prayer so hard?

By SD Prayer Coalition, published April 2, 2015 in Prayer Resources

How to cultivate a deeper more meaningful prayer life

Just like other habits in life that ebb and flow, people may pray regularly at certain points and have a harder time prayer during other times. You are not alone. We hope the article will help help.If you are committed to praying regularly and have found success in using certain strategies, let us know what you do!

If you are like most people, including members of the South Dakota Prayer Coalition, there are always ways that we can improve and strive to engage in regular conversation with God through prayer.

Here is a great article from Relevant Magazine that discusses prayer and why praying regularly can be a challenge for both new and seasoned believers alike whether you are young, old,or somewhere in between. It also discusses why prayer is so important for each of us no matter what we do or where we live.

The full article is included in the link to Relevant Magazine at the bottom of the except we have posted.

Prayer is vital—no one denies that. But prayer is difficult and often presents an uncomfortable tension in the lives of many Christians. For a generation grappling with the distractions and attention-span challenges of an increasingly digital culture, how can we recover this important part of our relationship with God?

Like anything else we can’t get to in a day, many Christians feel guilty that prayer is not more a part of their spiritual lives. But the good news is that prayer is not an item that can be ticked off on a to-do list. And there is freedom in recognizing this.

A flourishing prayer life comes … from the overflow of a heart totally and fully in love with God.

Because prayer is an act of relationship, it should be an open and ongoing dialogue. First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray continuously.” God may not be physically with us when we pray, but He _is_ present with us, and prayer becomes our connection to Him. Whether we’re crying out in desperation or spontaneously asking for His favor, prayer is how we converse with God. It can be casual conversation or intense, emotion-filled petitioning. It can be done on our knees or in the car, shower, elevator or check-out line.

The trouble is, many people find it isn’t that simple. To wake up in the morning and say, “Today I will be in permanent conversation with God” is one thing. To do it is another.

A flourishing prayer life comes not out of dedication to rules and regulations—although structure may help—but from the overflow of a heart totally and fully in love with God. Human relationships thrive when both parties communicate with each other as motivated by love, and prayer requires the same foundation. If we are not overflowing with God’s love, our prayer lives will reflect that.

The flipside is that to be overflowing with God’s love, we need to be spending time with Him in prayer.

Cultivating a healthy prayer life might seem like one of those well-intended New Year’s resolutions that quickly fades out. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.

Click here to read the rest of the article and a list of suggestions about how to pray and incorporate regular prayer time in your life.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
— 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) —

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