"I will not let go unless you bless me."

Genesis 32:26
Jacob wrestled with God and won.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

When Prayers Bounce off the Ceiling

What do you do when your prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling?  I have found these four things to be useful:

  1. Read some of David's Psalms.  In them he addresses the problem of God's apparent silence.  If you are going through a really tough time Job might be helpful.  Just remember, it has a happy ending and so will your life if you continue to trust God!
  2. Say you prayers out loud.  This will make them seem more solid and less like mere disembodied thoughts.  Writing them down will make them seem even more real.
  3. Pray anyhow.  Even if all you can say for your hour (or half hour of prayer) is "Lord, I don't know what to say.  Help me to pray."
  4. Read prayers that other people have written--out loud of course.  As long as you mean them and aren't just reciting them as a magical incantation, they will benefit you and those you are praying for.  Make modifications when needful.

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