“When You Can’t Pray”

Sometimes life can be so difficult a person just can’t pray.  The times I’m referring to has nothing to do with one’s spirituality, but when they are so broken, as hard as they try, words to God just don’t come.  A person may be mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually exhausted.  Perhaps they are burdened with sad news.  This may come in the form of a doctor’s report for them or a loved one.  It might be the breakup of a long relationship, betrayal by someone that was once trusted, loss of  job, or consequences being faced because of poor choices.  The reasons a life can lose its zeal, energy, happiness and joy are limitless.  Satan, our arch enemy, is no respecter of persons.   When you are weak, he will do everything possible to take advantage of your vulnerability.   Wise is the person that has the ability to acknowledge their weakened condition.


It’s obvious when someone is hurting from a broken leg, but not noticed when you cannot see outward damages.  A person with a bad case of flu, recuperating from a surgery or injury man ask for help.  Most however are reluctant to share a personal burden and seek the prayers of Christian friends.  Maybe you are hurting today.  You are in a place where you don’t know what to do or say.  When you try to pray, tears come easier than words.  I’d like to say a couple things here.  If you sense someone going through a rough time, ask them how you can be praying for them.  Don’t push or become nosey – let them know you are standing with them and even if they don’t pass on any information, be aware that there may be a need and pray for them.


If it’s YOU that’s hurting, be assured that God has not distanced Himself from you.  Don’t worry if you can’t pray.  I would encourage you to let a close friend or relative in to pray with and for you however.  But regarding your own prayers, don’t beat yourself up when you don’t know what or how to pray.  The Holy Spirit is faithful and God certainly knows your situation.  The Bible says, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness.  For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings to deep for words” (Romans 8:26 ESV).   God will give you the courage and strength to press forward even when you feel you can’t.


Pastor Carnes