Let’s continue to identify causes of prayer fatigue and look at truths about prayer that will reset your heart, making prayer the exciting exchange of love between you and the Father that He desires it to be.
Being stuck in a prayer rut.
Vary your forms of praying. Sing your prayers sometimes. Walk through your house and pray room by room sometimes. Prayer walk your neighborhood. Find ways to liven up your prayer experiences
Struggling not to let your mind wander.
If your mind wanders, my first suggestion is to feel free to follow it and see where it might be going. Maybe God is trying to lure you out of your tightly controlled agenda and take your prayers in a direction you had not considered.
Feeling that prayer is having no effect and is wasted time.
Many times the key to powerful prayer is persevering prayer. Most of what Jesus spoke about prayer was encouragement to keep praying when it seems that nothing is happening. As you develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of prayer you will come to know what you cannot see (Heb. 11:1). God is at work in response to prayer, whether you can see what He is doing or not.
Feeling that you have to perform some kind of spiritual ritual to get God’s attention before you can pray.
God’s attention never wanders from you. You have His full attention 24 hours of every single day. He keeps you as the apple of His eye (Ps. 17:8). That means that if you could look into His eyes, you would see your face reflected. He keeps you there—He never looks away.
Feeling that you are not good enough to pray and always feeling ashamed in God’s presence.
Your enemy’s favorite lie. He dresses it up in religious-sounding phrases so that it only makes sense that you should feel like a failure in God’s presence. The truth is that God delights in you, sings over you, adores you. He will deal with you in areas of your sins because He loves you and is not willing to see you diminished, but He is not always waiting for your attention so that He can criticize you. Jesus PAID IT ALL. The only offense to the cross is when you will not receive that which He paid so high a price for you to have.
Which of these causes of prayer fatigue have you encountered in your life? What would you say to encourage someone currently wrestling with prayer fatigue?