How to Overcome a Mediocre Prayer Life

As believers, it is easy for us to fall into the trap of mediocrity. To think of prayer as a spiritual discipline “I have to do.” Prayer can become monotonous, routine, boring, crusty, and old. It can become a chore. And when we find ourselves in this stuck place, we must renew our perspective on prayer.

Prayer is a privilege, not a tedious task or mind-numbing inconvenience. We have the honor of being called into a relationship with God Himself, made available to us by the tremendous sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We have the joy of getting to know God personally. As we read His Word, we have the opportunity to respond. When He speaks, we can experience Him more.

In its simplest form, prayer is a conversation with God. We must remember that God was the initiator of this conversation. It is God who spoke the world into existence (Gen. 1:3). It is God who chose you before the world began (Eph. 1:4). It is God who gave us His son, Jesus (Jn. 3:16). And it is God who causes us to be born again (1 Peter 1:3).

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to eternal glory in Christ, will himself RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN, AND ESTABLISH YOU.” 1 Peter 5:10

This is a direct and personal promise of God and it is about time for some of us to believe it! We serve a God who bestows unceasing grace upon our lives. He covers our lives with unmerited favor through people and circumstances. He blesses us with daily bread. In good times and bad. In sickness and health. Till death do us part.

God is our Creator, Sustainer, Provider, Rescuer, Eternal Father, Author, and Finisher of our Faith, and much, much more. He is worthy of our praise. He is worthy of honor. It is God who has first called us into relationship, and it is this same God who wants to hear from you. Let that sink in for a minute. Yes…God wants to hear from you!

Prayer starts with the revelation of adoption. Before the foundation of the world, God determined to set you apart and call you His own. Ephesians 1:5 says, “He [God] predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” It is life changing to understand the privilege we have been afforded. We are able to call the One who holds the sun and the moon and the stars and the planets in orbit…we are able to call Him “Daddy.” We are able to crawl up into his lap and just be ourselves.

The veil has been torn. We have access to our heavenly Father.

The benefits of being a child of God are unimaginable. You are a child of God! As part of the family, He has given you access. You no longer are treated like the rest of the world. Instead of being viewed as a sinner, your slate has been wiped clean. Because of the work of Jesus on the cross, you have a secure future and eternal hope. No longer do we need to walk in the ways of this world, but rather we can “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1).

It is amazing grace that has saved us. We once were lost and now we’re found. We’re blind, but now we see. God, who is righteous and holy, desires to have a relationship with wretched sinners like you and me. When we have a proper view of who God is and who we really are—we become overwhelmed by our standing.

He is your Daddy.

You are a child of God.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1

In this verse, John commands us to “See” the kind of love the Father has given us. We are being called into a deep, rich, never-ending, unfathomable kind of relationship, and to experience Him for ourselves. Allow God’s amazing grace to resonate within you. Ask God to open your eyes to let you see.

Sue Allen

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Sue A. Allen resides in Austin, Texas along with her husband and four overly active children ranging in age from four to nineteen (the youngest who was recently adopted from Haiti). Sue, along with her husband Coby, founded Dell Children’s Medical Global Outreach, which provides much needed medical care and training to under served populations around the world.

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