A Few Frequently Asked Questions
I am simply not in the mood to pray! What should I do?
Make it to the prayer room at the time you decided you were going to be there and spend the hour with God as committed, even if you are not in the least bit inclined to do so. God will bless you for simply honoring your commitment.
I find myself very distracted at the start of prayer. What should I do?
Sing loudly! Sing with passion! And within ten or fifteen minutes, if not sooner, you will notice that many of the thoughts that kept flitting across your mind have disappeared. Whenever you get distracted, sing.
I have tried everything you have suggested but don’t feel like saying anything, much less singing. What do I do?
Don’t fret. Just sit at the feet of Jesus and be yourself. Remember that He is a friend. Just as you don’t have to talk every time you are with a “regular” friend, you don’t have to talk every time you are with Jesus—though a little bit of conversation will certainly help!
What do I do when I run out of things to say to God?
Be glad! Saint Vincent said that the best form of prayer is when we run out of things to say and simply sit quietly in the presence of God. This is the time when God begins speaking to you. Listen!
I find myself getting angry/sexually aroused/etc. during prayer. What should I do?
There can be some extremely strong negative emotions that surface during prayer time, especially in the early stages of building up a prayer life, that can be extremely disturbing. Ask God for His protection from attacks by the enemy and also for deliverance, because such feelings might be a sign of “bondages.”
I find myself repeatedly thinking of somebody who hurt me in the past. What should I do?
This might be the Holy Spirit revealing somebody in your life whom you need to forgive, or He might be revealing somebody you need to pray for. Instead of trying to put the person out of your mind, pray for him/her.
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