There are times in the life of faith when we feel energized, impassioned, and ready for action. We have a strong sense of calling, an eagerness to obey, and we feel God’s guiding presence each step along the way.
But there are also times—sometimes long, heavy seasons—when we feel stuck. Perhaps we have a dream, but our life circumstances aren’t lining up with our deepest passion. Or maybe, despite our best efforts, our spiritual fervor has stalled out. Or perhaps we want to step out in faith and obedience, but what that step of faith ought to be is anything but clear.
Thankfully Scripture provides us with powerful examples and compelling words to guide our prayers during those days—or months or years—when we feel stuck.
When You Are . . .
• Unsure. Like Gideon did with his fleece (twice!), pray for confirmation and then wait for it. Be on the lookout for God to make his will clear to you—perhaps through circumstances, the words of other believers, or other answers to prayer. Determine not to act until God has made his will clear through confirmation.
•Bored. You may wish you were doing something truly amazing for God, but in reality, you’re living what feels like a “normal,” boring life. But here’s the truth: God’s calling can often look just like that. Use Micah 6:8 to guide your prayer, inviting God to show you how to embrace this big-picture calling in your current reality.
• Discouraged. When you feel inert and lifeless, sometimes the very best thing to pray is nothing at all. Prayers of stillness, silence, and quiet—in which the Holy Spirit communes with you without words—may be the most honest and the most healing way for you to connect with God. Make a habit of silent, emptying prayer; God can work in and through your stillness.1
5 Prayers for When You Feel Stuck
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