How to pray when you don’t feel like it


Sometimes even I don’t feel like praying — and I’m a bishop. It’s normal. Human beings are very fickle. One day you feel like you can take on the world. The next day you feel like you don’t want to be in the world.
Feelings. If we live by them, we’re doomed.
Thank God there’s an alternative: Doing what we have to do, not what we feel like doing.
When I don’t feel like praying, here’s what I do: I pray anyway. And I find that just like a lot of things in life, once you start doing something, the feeling will follow. First motion, then emotion. Sometimes I don’t feel like eating. But when I start, I want to eat more… I had to start writing this before I felt like doing it. I hate writing. I love to have written.
You get the idea.
The main thing is to settle in your head that you absolutely NEED to pray. It’s not an option. Sure for a lot of people it is (because they don’t know what they’re missing), but not for you. The consequences would be much worse than the small effort you have to make to pray.
So you haven’t talked to God lately. You haven’t felt like it. No problem. Are you alone in the room right now? Can you go somewhere private? Then stop reading this and go pray. Two minutes or twenty — it doesn’t matter. Say what you have to say and that’s it.
Then come back here, and add your comments about how doing that made you feel.
Now go.
By: Bishop Renato Cardoso

2 thoughts on “How to pray when you don’t feel like it”

  1. Andrew O'Keeffe

    Hi Bishop I just prayed now as it was not a good time for me to pray,I spoke to God and after speaking God guided me to Genesis chapter 7
    “Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the LORD commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭7:1-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    Today the ark is now the arc but the presence of God,when we come into the presence of God he directs and guides us he gives directions that will help us just as he did with Noah.if Noah had not got a connection with God he would be lost also and drownd in the flood but because he obeyed God And was faithful to God God spoke and gave him the precise direction of what to do..God gives us free will he does not impose on us that is why it is necessary to pray and to ask God for direction otherwise we get flooded and lost by the poisons of this world thank you Bishop
    Andrew O’Keeffe

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