Why We Grow Weary in Praying

Last year, I went through a dry season where it felt like if God could read my mind and He has heard my prayers, then I might as well save my breath and stop praying for the same things over and over. I was tired. I felt burdened. Spiritually, I was not strong enough.  In the end, I was not strong enough because God was not centered in my life.  Prayer must to be centered in my life in order for God to be centered in my life. That is the natural order of how He created us.

Prayer is our DIRECT access to God. Without speaking to Him through prayer, I was powerless.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 reminds us:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

For a moment, I ceased. I stopped. Here is the verse that pulled me out of this despair:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

The power and principality which drugged me into this pit was called the spirit of weariness.  Weariness weighed heavy in my spirit and it took revelation from God on why I allowed this spirit to enter my life. Has weariness weighed heavy on your heart? If so, God has highlighted the reasons why this might happen:

1) We pray through things ourselves

There is power in twos. In our spiritual battle, we are not made to fight alone. That is why God has called us to band together in prayer. Matthew 18:19-20 says “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

I know deep down, I have girlfriends who are a phone call away, yet I allow pride to prevent me from calling them. Why not pick up the phone and call your prayer partner right now?

2) We expect fast results or answers

When our prayers do not get answered right away, we think God is not at work in our lives or He doesn’t care.

When my 3 year old child gets hungry, he wants his dinner right away…while I’m preparing it! I can choose to give him bits and pieces of the ingredients while I’m making his dinner, but isn’t it way better if he waited until I put together all the final ingredients so he can thoroughly enjoy the full meal?

Perhaps, if we decide to wait, we can see God preparing, and putting together all the ingredients of our prayer request so we can thoroughly enjoy His blessing? We don’t want bits and pieces of our prayer request. We want the whole shabang! The final real deal!

3) We allow the enemy into our thoughts/minds

When I pray less to God, I allowed more of the enemy in. More of God = less of the enemy. By assuming God has taken care of it all, the spiritual heaviness came pouring in. The enemy wants me to think I could stop praying. We partner with God through prayer. Prayer strengthens us. Don’t make the assumption I did. Continue to pray and pray without ceasing! This is how we become victors in the spiritual realm.

Have you been stuck in this rut? Do you need a partner in prayer? Please, please reach out and let me help you pray through this together. I want to help you out of the pit of weariness. Together, we are better. We are better together.