25 Things I’d Rather Do Than Pray

Published on February 22, 2011 by CT in Blog, Thoughts


Based on the way I’ve been spending my time the past few weeks, here are 25 things I’ve found that I prefer to praying.

  1. Sleeping.
  2. Eating toast.
  3. Laying in bed thinking.
  4. Watching John Daker on You Tube.
  5. Thinking about my future.
  6. Mentally rehearsing conversations (over and over) I need to have with my builder.
  7. Spending time with my wife.
  8. Reading a book.
  9. Cutting vines out of trees on our property.
  10. Avoiding doing what I wrote what I would do in the book I’m writing.
  11. Watching Iron Man 2.
  12. Researching chairs and fabrics online for our new house.
  13. Watching Beauty and the Beast and wondering why little kids aren’t scared more than they are.
  14. Reading my Bible.
  15. Snoozing.
  16. Reading espn.com
  17. Checking my Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  18. Reading other blogs.
  19. Hanging out with my baby.
  20. Wondering (to myself) why I don’t want to pray.
  21. Watching NCIS.
  22. Leaving early to lay tile at our house.
  23. Flipping on the radio in the car.
  24. Sitting on my couch thinking.
  25. Writing this blog post.

I’ve also realized a few things about these time choices: Some are worthwhile, others less so, most are self-serving, and nearly all are less important than spending time talking with and listening to my God.

God grant me, and us, the grace to have deeper affections, more faith, more patience, and a greater love for time with you in prayer.

Question:  Do you have a hard time praying?  If so, why?

  • liz

    Psalm 103:13-14 "Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame. He is mindful that we are but dust." Praise God for His grace!

  • http://www.christiancognition.blogspot.com Mike

    That John Daker video was hilarious!!! What vibrance! What exuberance! What a memory for lyrics!!!!! "yada yada ya that's amore"

  • http://lauradroege.wordpress.com lauradroege

    Hard time praying? Oh yeah! I found a quote by John Piper that speaks to #17: "One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time." (Ouch!)
    My recent post My circumstances determine my attitude and other stories I tell myself

  • http://www.christiancognition.blogspot.com Mike

    I like that quote, Laura. Piper always has priceless nuggets to chew on.

  • Carla

    Oh dear this hits me squarely between the eyes. i was reading your blog to avoid some work that needs to be done for my faith based job. How easy to miss the joy of being in relationship with the God who loves me. Better quit now and do what needs to be done. thanks for the reminder

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