Praying when you don’t feel like it

From today’s reading in Joy and Strength:

Praying in Spite of Yourself by Mary Wilder Tileston

Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it.
–MALACHI 1:13

My soul cleaveth unto the dust; quicken Thou me according to Thy word.
–PSALMS 119:25

Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
–EPHESIANS 5:14

THERE are some who give up their prayers because they have so little feeling in their prayers–so little warmth of feeling. But who told us that feeling was to be a test of prayer? The work of prayer is a far too noble and necessary work to be laid aside for any lack of feeling. Press on, you who are dry and cold in your prayers, press on as a work and as a duty, and the Holy Spirit will, in His good time, refresh your prayers Himself.
–ARTHUR F. WINNINGTON INGRAM

3 thoughts on “Praying when you don’t feel like it

  1. Thanks for this post, Barbara. I think this message also gels in very well with the Sunday message at church. Briefly, Mike Fielder of planet UNI at PlanetShakers talked rising over our problem and remember the promise of God. We are to be persistent with the plan (God’s plan for us) and He will answer our prayers in His perfect timing…

  2. I think this is a very timely reminder for me.

    I am so tired lately. I find myself feeling like prayer takes too much physical and mental energy sometimes, forgetting that the Holy Spirit prays the words I cannot—the groanings of my soul. Sometimes, I think feelings and energy actually get in the way of an honest approach to prayer. God can bring us to a place where we have no choice but to “press on” in spite of ourselves.

  3. Pingback: Repost: Planning to read the Bible more this year? « Stray Thoughts

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