When Prayer Seems Boring

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I was on fire for God! I could not wait to wake up every morning so I could talk to Him and hear what He had for me that day. It was a wonderful place to be!

I was growing stronger every day and I felt closer to God than ever before. But then it happened.

One morning I woke up and I wasn’t looking forward to my prayer time. I wasn’t as excited to spend time reading my Bible. I tried my usual routine but it just wasn’t working anymore.

Boredom had set in!

Yes it is possible to feel bored spiritually. We get too comfortable in our routine with God. We start to either take that time for granted or it simply becomes an item to check off our to-do list.

Listen, God wants more than duty and obligation. He wants true intimacy and fellowship. Time spent in His presence should never be boring.

What are we to do?

God is creative! And because we are made in His image so are we. When you start to feel bored with your prayer life (or any part of your faith walk) it’s time to try something new.

4 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Boredom

When I started falling asleep while praying (and not because I was exhausted) I knew that I needed to do something different. And honestly, you don’t have to make drastic changes to mix things up. A few tweaks can really give you that spark back for prayer and spiritual growth.

Pray God’s Promises

Praying the promises found in scripture is a great place to start when you want to try something new. Often, I struggle to know what the “right” words are for prayer, and praying verses in my Bible helps me know that I’m praying the will of God.

Use a Prayer Book

Sometimes I have no idea where to start with prayer. Being able to pray the words that someone else has written is a great way to be inspired. I find that when I start praying the words of another prayer, often I’m able to continue on from there. Prayer books like the ones listed below are a great place to start. But you can also just read Psalms or other prayers found in the Bible.

Take a Prayer Walk

Prayer does not have to be confined to the four walls of your home or church. Get outside in God’s creation and pray while you walk. Being outside in the fresh air and sunshine really inspires me. I can look around at all the beauty in nature and find many things to be thankful for. And it’s pretty hard to fall asleep while you’re walking around.

Journal

Keeping a prayer journal has been a great tool for helping me stay focused during prayer. And it also is a way to see patterns and keep track of the different things I’m hearing and learning from God.

Those are just a few ways to get you started. If you need more, check out this list of creative ways to worship.

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9 Comments

  1. I love your list. I love your website. I am so glad we were neighbors on the Grace Moments link-up. A prayer walk and journaling are two of my favorite ways. I also sometimes play music and dance around which usually leads to prayer with God.

  2. I clicked over here because overcoming spiritual boredom is the premise to the book I’m currently hosting a series and study on – Move Toward the Mess by John Hambrick. He suggests a lack of action and involvement is a key factor in becoming bored spiritually. I love your list, too! It was eye opening for me to realize I could get creative in my prayer and study time!

    1. I’ve never heard of that book before. I’ll have to go check it out!

  3. These are great tips. I especially liked the idea of taking a prayer walk. Thanks for sharing this week on the #LMMLinkup. I hope you will continue to join us.

  4. Thank you for these great tips! I’m going to check out the prayer books!
    Visiting from #Grace&Truth

  5. Awesome post, Latoya. I’m so glad I found you. I especially liked your ideas of praying the Word of God and getting out “in His creation.” Great ideas.

  6. Our time with God was never meant to be boring. It’s always good to change things up every once in a while. Thanks for sharing on Grace and Truth.

  7. Love this post and love your site, LaToya! Thanks so much for joining me at #MomentsofHope and sharing this powerful hope! I love meeting new people and am thrilled to meet you and soak in some of your encouragement! (Sharing this on Facebook :-))

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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