Many believers claim to have lost the feeling and desire to pray. The word “feel” is linked to feelings and emotions.
God teaches through His Word that human emotions are unstable (Jeremiah 17:9). Therefore, it is a serious mistake to act on them.
The Christian is being sanctified in his inner being in a progressive way, so there is no believer who has pure motives all the time, but as the Apostle Paul explains, there is an inner struggle between good and evil.
“For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want, that I do.” (Romans 7:19).
Losing the desire to pray is a critical situation for the believer, because when the prayer life is neglected, communication and intimacy with God is broken; in this condition the believer is vulnerable to the snares of Satan.
If one wants to revive the life of prayer it is necessary to consider the following:
Walk in the truth
You don’t have to be in the mood for prayer to do that. When someone has had a new birth, the Father is available to him at any time of the day, he has the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in his heart which is his main help and guide.
No one can deceive God, when someone has abandoned prayer in the secret place, He knows it very well since He says His word that He knows His sheep (John 10:14).
In going into his presence it is necessary to recognize that this desire for seeking and intimacy has been lost, to be honest with God and to ask him to put “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”, (Philippians 2:13).
Should you pray only when you feel the desire to do so?
Many times it is thought that praying without feeling the desire is hypocrisy in the eyes of God and although it seems to be a quite valid argument, it is necessary to consider that prayer is not an option but a command (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Feelings do not justify sinful actions, for if someone sins it is because he has the desire to do so and has decided to carry out the very act of failing God.
The Lord is most interested in having a person transformed in His image, so the believer must do his part, which is to persevere beyond his feelings and seek out the only one who can help him (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
When you don’t feel like praying, just pray
Even if the believer is very discouraged, the only way to overcome the obstacles is through prayer. Talking to God for a couple of minutes is the best exercise to strengthen and enliven a good spiritual life.
It is important to have a list of the prayers that you are going to carry out. Set aside the time and hours necessary to have intimacy with God, avoiding occupying that time with other activities.
Emotions should not be allowed to rob the Christian of the privilege of being in contact with the Heavenly Father. Prayer should not come from personal motives, but should be an act of obedience and trust toward God.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)