PASTOR'S PERSPECTIVE: FACING DRY PRAYER TIMES

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John Scorgie

If you are a person who believes in prayer, and you actually try to pray to God on a regular basis, then there will definitely be times that are “dry.” By “dry,” I mean you feel you are going through the motions of prayer or you don’t sense God’s presence or you feel that nothing positive is happening because of your prayers or you have lost the excitement of looking for the answers God gives. If this particular situation is even remotely close to your personal experience then I would suggest three practical steps. First, keep it short! Don’t try to pray long, drawn-out prayers, covering every person and perplexity of which you are aware. Brevity can be a good thing when you are finding prayer a tedious endeavour. Second, keep it honest! Don’t settle for superficiality, mere repetition, or a ritualistic ceremony. Transparency before the Lord is always a good thing, so don’t try to hide anything. Be real. Third, keep it going! Don’t give up on this worthwhile activity but, as they say in the world of competitive sport, “play through it.” Keep at it, persevere, and hang in there. I am certain that fruitful and fulfilling times of prayer are just around the corner. Press on and God will bless you!

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