When Prayer Comes Hard

Often when a Christian expresses a need that deeply troubles them, another believer will say something like, “Just prayer about,” or “Just trust God.” It happens too when a person has been violated, lied about or hurt by the actions of another person. Someone will pipe up with this solution: “Just forgive and let it go.”

To pray is always right. The same is true about trusting God and forgiving others. The problem is that prayer comes hard sometimes. And trust is not always the issue – a person may trust God completely but be weighed down with the turbulence of a life-altering event. As for forgiveness, it doesn’t roll out of the heart as easily as it rolls off the tongue.

When the sky falls, it’s often difficult to pray. Even seasoned pray-ers find that in times of sickness, trauma and tragedy, the exact times when we need prayer the most, it comes hard.

people-prayingThe solution? When you can’t pray, I will do your praying for you. And when I can’t pray, I’ll call on you to lift my needs to Heaven. Somehow, when I can barely pray for myself, I can rally the faith to pray for you.

We are strange and complicated creatures. And faith is sometimes a wispy thing that eludes our grasp. Probably because we always want to feel faith, like a victorious mountain of confidence filling our chests. Faith seems an uncooperative entity, especially when we need it most.

The solution?

Carry each other’s burdens and so live out the law of Christ . . . Galatians 6:2

The law of Christ is love – we obey His law when we carry another’s burden.

5VWZ_Boston_Marathon_Chari_PoirWe are in this race together . . . you, me . . . and every believer on the planet. We can lift our persecuted brothers and sisters to Heaven, assuming in their anguish that prayer is coming hard for them.

Besides the help of one another, we have a cheering section, that great ‘cloud of witnesses,’ that multitude who have reached the end of their race, whose business it is to cheer us on.

God Himself is with us, encouraging us to remain faithful whatever our tribulations.

Is prayer coming hard for you? Share your need in the comments here, or share them with a believing friend. Ask them to do your praying for you until you re-gain stamina. It could be that you have faith for another’s need, but not your own. In that case, you can reciprocate by praying for someone else.

In all these things (whatever troubles us), we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Romans 8:37

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About rosemccormickbrandon

An award winning personal experience writer, Rose McCormick Brandon is a frequent contributor to faith magazines, devotionals and compilations, including Chicken Soup for the Soul. Rose is the author of Promises of Home: Stories of Canada's British Home Children (2014). One Good Word Makes all the Difference (2013), He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me (2012) and Vanished: What Happened to My Son. She's a frequent contributor to The Testimony, Today's Pentecostal Evangel and other faith magazines in Canada, U.S. and Australia. Rose also writes about Canadian history, specifically the era of Child Immigration from Britain. Read her stories of child immigrants at: http://littleimmigrants.wordpress.com
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4 Responses to When Prayer Comes Hard

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so good, Rose…so meaty. I love your way with words. I have had many times in the last couple of years when praying has been hard, and have been so thankful for my ya-yas who I can always turn to, who will always lift me up in prayer and encourage me.

  2. Yes, Peter, prayer has an eternal reach. Nothing so wonderful as believers supporting one another.

  3. So true, thanks Rose. Yes, prayer is a wonderful thing. And yet, as you say, we are complicated creatures and “faith is a wispy thing that eludes our grasp.” Praying for one another . . . what a privilege we have to engage in this reciprocal ministry that has a universal and eternal reach. ~~+~~

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