Why Prayer Feels Like a Waste of Time

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I like to pray big prayers…

I just don’t like to wait for the answer.

Or, maybe I just don’t like answer…

Or worse, maybe I just don’t believe God is going to answer…or that He can do anything about it.

I’ve had my doubts when it comes to prayer.

Is God listening to me?

Can even He do anything about what I’m asking Him to do?

Does He really care about my life?

Prayer is complicated.

Depending on your view of God, prayer is either like pushing the intercom button on your desk and asking your secretary to do something for you; or it’s like putting a message in a bottle, throwing it in the ocean, and hoping you get an answer back.

Or something like that anyway…


Let’s assume for a second that prayer really isn’t that complicated.

That when you pray, three things are happening…

God is listening.  (Psalm 55:17)

God is able to do even more than you could ever ask Him to do.  (Ephesians 3:20)

God cares about you.  (I Peter 5:7)

If all of those things are true, then why do we sometimes feel like they’re not true?

Could be a lot of things I guess, but all of them boil down to one thing…


When we doubt God, we short circuit our prayers.

James said it this way using the example of asking God for wisdom…

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

If you expect to receive anything from God when you pray, don’t doubt Him.

God is listening.

He is the God of the impossible.

And, He cares about you.

It’s your move.


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