Church Leadership
For Every Minister Who Struggles With Your Prayer Life
Real prayer is about relationship. And relationships are hard. Even (especially?) with God.

But too many of us, in churches large and small, have traded the long-term, often unseen benefits of a deeper, richer spiritual life for a more immediate, tangible, results-oriented ministry.

Our spiritual lives suffer when we do that. And so do our churches and ministries. And that’s when the numbers are up! When the numbers are down… oh my.

I believe this is a primary reason for all the negative stats about pastoral burnout, ethical failures, even suicides. We’re trying to satisfy our longing to be valued in all the wrong places.

But we know better.

The Struggle Matters

If you’re struggling with your prayer life, good for you. The struggle means it’s still alive.

If you’re struggling with your prayer life, good for you. The struggle means it’s still alive.

But even if you’ve given up, there’s still hope.

Get back in touch with the God who created, saved and called you. Embrace the struggle.

Do the day-to-day work that all relationships require. And, through that, find the joy and strength on the far side of the struggle.

Sure, prayer is hard work. So is any relationship.

But, just like every other relationship, what makes it hard is also what makes it valuable.

Support our work. Subscribe to CT and get one year free.

September 25, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Join in the conversation about this post on Facebook.

Recent Posts
Include results from Christianity Today

Read More from Karl

Follow Christianity Today

Free Newsletters

More Newsletters ...