Almost everyone I know has difficulty praying. Sometimes it just seems impossible to fit in this discipline into a life-schedule that is already filled with all of life’s necessities. Included in this dilemma is the feeling of guilt for failing to pray and the suspicion that our prayers really do not make a difference.
There are more learned teachers than I that help explain and offer solutions for prayerlessness. However, let me share something that was a blessing to me during one of those hard times of prayerlessness. I also taught it once during my church’s prayer meeting.
In the first chapter of Genesis, we read that God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. This chapter also tells us that God created the first man and woman on the sixth day. In the second chapter of Genesis, we have a more specific retelling of the creation of man. We read that: “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7). This man, whom God named Adam, was a fully formed man, with all the capacities of an adult male, including the ability to communicate with language.
However, God saw that it was not good for man to be alone and thus created a help suitable for him (Genesis 2:18). So here’s the question: why did man need to talk if there was no help meet to begin with? Why not just create him without vocal cords until Eve was created? Who was Adam going to talk to? The animals couldn’t communicate (deceptive serpent notwithstanding) with him in a verbal manner.
Yet, there was One whom he could talk to: God! And this is the point I’m trying to make. Adam was created to talk to his Creator, the Lord God Almighty. Indeed, all of humanity was created to talk and interact with each other; but first and foremost, we were created to be able to talk to God. And this method of communication is what the Bible calls “prayer.”
Don’t try to fix your prayerlessness in your own strength. Just confess it as sin to God through Christ and trust Him to give the grace and power to pray. Then take the opportunity to use this gift of your voice to pray. Do it after reading this blog. Take this time to pray to your Father in heaven, the Lord God Almighty – you were made for this!