Overcoming Barriers to Prayer
For some praying comes naturally, but for others prayer can be difficult. There are several reasons why some may find prayer difficult. Some of these barriers to prayer are easily overcome, while others will take time and effort to conquer.
Some people simply need to make room for prayer. Perhaps, you already have a routine and you are having trouble finding a place for prayer. The answer to this problem is simple. Make time! Once you fit prayer into your routine it will become a natural and an essential part of your day.
Some people find it difficult to talk to someone who is not physically present in the room. Although you may not be able to see or touch God, He is very much real. In fact, many would argue that He is more real than you or I. We are supposed to be closer to God than anyone else, but this takes time. We need to spend time learning who God is by reading the Bible, and we need to talk to God every chance we get. If we will let Him, God will be our closest friend.
Some people find it difficult to pray because they must give up control. This is probably the most serious barrier to prayer. When we pray we are allowing God to be in control of our life. We are turning things over to Him that are too big for us to handle. We are admitting there are areas of our life we need help with. We are confessing there are some things we don’t understand. To pray properly is to fully submit our life to God. It is to trust God with the things we cannot handle or do not understand. Some people find this difficult, but it is an essential part of being a Christian.
“Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.” Eph. 6:18