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Prayer and boredom

Prayer, which is meant to be a great blessing to us, can sometimes become a burden. It has been said that our primary task in prayer is to simply show up.

By David ReayThursday 21 Jun 2018LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Read Luke 18:1

1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. (NLT)

Prayer, which is meant to be a great blessing to us, can sometimes become a burden. We can get bored in prayer, we may not always feel like praying, we may struggle with finding the time to even make a start on prayer. And yet, as Jesus and other biblical writers say, we are to pray and not give up.

There are many challenges to our doing this. One is that we have an expectation that prayer will always be profound, emotionally charged, passionate, or brilliantly original and creative. If our prayers meet these descriptions, well and good. But often they don’t. Like any human relationships, there is much time for the mundane.

Some of our praying will seem routine. This need not be a bad thing. Routines can be a good discipline: things get done. We may resort to set prayers: nothing wrong with using others’ words. A bit of borrowing and plagiarism is OK in prayer!

It has been said that our primary task in prayer is to simply show up. In prayer as in life itself, we do not always exist at a level of high excitement or deep passion. That would be utterly exhausting. There is a time and place for more or less routine prayer coming from a tired or even tedious heart. God will accept it for what it is: a sincere if muted desire to be with him.

We pray as we can, not as we can’t.

Blessings
David Reay

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