3 Things to Do When You Don't Feel Like Praying

Updated on April 2, 2020
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Farah Young is a researcher and writer that continues to write on topical issues as they affect people.

when you don't feel like praying
when you don't feel like praying

3 Things to Do When You Don't Feel Like Praying

Most of us have been there - those times when we know we need to pray, but we just don't have the passion nor can we find the strength to do so at the time. Call it a plot of the devil to divert our attention from God, our Father and you wouldn't be far from the truth. The devil knows just how important prayer is and he knows that if he can attack your prayer life, he's got you just right where he wants you; in the valley of despondency and perpetual struggles.

Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons our Father has given to us - a secret weapon- and the devil knows this. He knows that to get you to remain in that valley forever, he must take that desire to pray away from you. The fact remains if you aren't praying about a problem, you are permitting it to remain in your life.

Luckily, our Father is someone that isn't boxed in. Yes, prayer is the widely recognizable way to communicate with Him, but it surely isn't the only way to tune in to God - we can talk to Him though different ways and He hears us each and every time.

Here are three of such ways to talk to Him when you don't feel like praying:

when you don't feel like praying
when you don't feel like praying

3 Ways to Pray When You Don't Feel Like Praying

1. Speak in Tongues

Here's what the Bible says about speaking in tongues:

Corinthians 14:1-2
1: "Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy."

2: "For anyone who speaks in a tongue [1] does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit. "

Speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the Spirit and is one very effective ways to stand against the works of the devil. This gift is promised to every believer and is a direct way to talk to our Father in heaven.

I Corinthians 14:2 puts it this way:

"For if you have the ability to speak in tongues,a you will be talking only to God, since people won’t be able to understand you. You will be speaking by the power of the Spirit,b but it will all be mysterious."

People around you may be unable to decipher the language you speak in when you speak in tongues as you'd be speaking in an unknown language, however, God who orchestrated this language understands you perfectly.

Speaking in tongues also confuses the devil; the devil doesn't understand this language, so he can't divert your prayer. We can pray in this language and be confident we aren't praying amiss and that's because this way is actually the Holy Spirit praying for us. Praying this way, especially if it becomes a lifestyle, is one way to defeat the stubborn enemy.

Here are other benefits you will get from praying in tongues:

- Praying in tongues will help strengthen your spirit, so you might want to do so if you feel yourself becoming lukewarm.

- You magnify God when you pray in tongues.

- You are sure you are praying according to God's will, which is the fastest way to get your prayers answered.

- Praying in tongue keeps you in tune with the Spirit.

2. Praise the Father

Praising the Father is yet another effective way to pray when you don't feel like praying.God commanded us in His word (Chronicles 23:30 and Psalm 92:2) to praise Him and the sweetest part of obeying this commandment is that He rains down blessings on us when we do.

Nothing moves God like praises. This is the one thing God can't give Himself. When we praise God, we touch His heart and move Him to give us the desires of our hearts.

There is no right way to praise- just praise Him from the bottom of your heart and you'll be fine. Praising God doesn't just satisfy our hearts with peace, it also guarantees us victories over the works of the enemy.

Praying in the spirit is praying right with God, nothing amiss, as it is the Spirit that empowers us to pray as we should.

3. Give

The Bible says:

" He that giveth lendeth to God."

It might not seem like a logical thing to suggest that you take to giving when you don't feel like praying, but giving is a key part of God's nature as seen in Him not just giving us the earth to inhabit, but also giving His only begotten son to save the earth. Our Father in heaven supports giving as seen in these verses:

"A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great." Proverbs 18:16


"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

If an ordinary bank can give you interest on money you lend to them, how much more a God who owns the world and the banks in it.

Giving is also a form of worship to God when we give in His name and He is sure to answer us.

So never fret when you don't feel like praying as it happens to even the best of us. Take the time to pray in tongues, praise or just give from your heart. And even any of these are still not what you want to do at the moment, then just sit in God's presence in a quiet time, invite the Holy Spirit to be with you and be rest assured God will be with and is with you.

© 2020 Farrah Young


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    • Isivwe Muobo profile imageAUTHOR

      Farrah Young 

      4 months ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      @ Westwood,

      Yea, that would be a good suggestion too; praying for those who need prayers. That would be a good way to get some peace from the troubles around us even if it'd only be temporary, .

      As to the ads on my post, I've never really taken note of these things but you are right in that they aren't related to my blog topic. Haha. Peharps hubpages could find related ads this time.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      You make some useful suggestions. If I'm struggling to sleep at night, I start praying for all the people and situations of need that I know of. I never get to the end, before falling asleep.

      On a slightly different subject, I am surprised at the ads that have been put with your article.


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