There was a time in my life when I thought it might help to make a big hole in my roof, then at least my prayer would go past the ceiling…
Usually there are a few reasons why you might struggle to pray:
- Your heart might be broken in pieces and it is hurting so much that it is difficult to express words to your Father.
- Guilt and condemnation rules in your heart because of a deep secret sin that you struggle with.
- You feel far from God for no apparent reason, it just feels that He doesn’t listen when you pray.
All of us go through seasons where prayer does not come naturally. Through growing in my relationship with Him, I’ve learned that in times like these the answer is not a hole in my ceiling, but to turn to the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of comfort and help, the One who come along side us and will help us even if we can’t pray!
26So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.
In times like these, I just say: “Holy Spirit, help me!” Then I sit with my eyes closed and know in faith that He is praying for me. I know that in this time He prays according to Father’s will and that in the quietness, He is strengthening me.
If you are going through a prayer struggle, just become quiet and say: “Holy Spirit, help!” In faith know that through the Spirit, you are connecting with your Father, and you will be lifted up!