When Prayer Seems Boring
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.
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.