Experiencing Prayer Fatigue?
It has been a year. And I don't know about you - but I have been feeling extra heavy lately. Not just with covid and lockdowns (we're about to enter another one where I live ) - but I have been feeling heavy in spiritual life.
There have been some things that I have been praying about for over 10 years.
If I'm honest - I have found myself getting tired of praying for the same things over and over again with little visible movement to the human eye.
I'm tired. Can you relate?
Maybe you've been praying for healing, or for restoration in a marriage. Maybe for you it's the salvation of a loved one or to finally get out of crushing debt.
Whatever it is, I think it's human to get TIRED sometimes. Even of prayer.
I'm reminded of the disciples falling asleep while Jesus was in his deepest prayer battle. Fatigue happens. Prayer fatigue happens. We are called to prayer without ceasing right? That's exhausting! Especially when them feel silent for so long.
But I'm reminded of God's silence.
400 years of silence between the Old and New Testament.
But God's silence is NOT his absence. And that's what I keep reminding myself.
That in those silent years, God was working. He's always working.
I'm learning that it's okay to take rest, but not to stop pressing into God.
I'm learning that some of my prayer fatigue stems from me looking for God to answer my prayers MY way - not his way.
I'm learning that living a SURRENDERED life gives God more space to move, and me more rest and quiet confidence. Because I don't know HOW he'll do it - but I can trust that he WILL do it.
So before we go giving up hope, let's start by giving up our WILL.
God's character is steadfast. He's promised to hear our prayers, meet our needs, and work our everything for our good.
What he hasn't promised it that he'll do it according to our plans and timelines.
He is the sovereign God, not us. His ways are higher than our ways.
So as we enter the holidays when many take some time off, take rest you need.
But keep lifting up your needs to Christ in surrender to his will. And rest in the security of that. Because his will is greater.