Are You’re Sad, Depressed, Frustrated When Ending Your Prayer Time? This Will Help


One of the benefits of being a believer is getting to pour your heart out to God, right? True. Feels good to vent, and share your frustrations. And since God's ears are always open to your prayers, you've got an audience 24/7. That's more time than your spouse or friends will give you. Problem is, when we spend so much of our prayer time, pouring our sorrows into God's loving arms, it can leave us sad instead of happy.

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Have you ever ended your prayer time feeling worse than when you started? Let me show you what you can do to change that. You can still unload on God; his shoulders are broad enough for that. But it's how you end your prayer time that will determine if you're in a good mood or a bad one after your done praying.

There is a danger in pouring our sorrows out to God if we don't also pour out something happy. You know people, who talk non-stop about the trouble and pain in their life, don't ya? And those folks are not very happy are they? Nope. Because when a person is absorbed and only focused on their difficulties, it actually puts them in a bad mood.

If you want to have a pity party in front of God, go for it. He's all ears. But if that's how you end it, you're going to be in a bad mood. I speak from experience! What's the key? Balance. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Achieving Peace & Happiness After Sad Prayers

We can get a lot of our prayer cues from David in the Bible. He was a master "pray-er." He prayed some heavy-duty prayers. They weren’t all fun and games. There were people after him and many times he found himself depressed, alone, and hopeless. Take a peak inside his pain:

Psalm 6 1-7 MSG:

Please, GOD, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed.

Treat me nice for a change;

I'm so starved for affection.

Can't you see I'm black and blue,

beat up badly in bones and soul?

GOD, how long will it take

for you to let up?

 

Break in, GOD, and break up this fight;

if you love me at all, get me out of here.

I'm no good to you dead, am I?...

 

I'm tired of all this-- so tired. My bed

has been floating forty days and nights

On the flood of my tears.

My mattress is soaked, soggy with tears.

The sockets of my eyes are black holes;

nearly blind, I squint and grope.

But David knew how to get back on track. Notice how he ends his prayer time in this Psalm...

Psalms 18:46-50 MSG:

Live, GOD! Blessings from my Rock,

my free and freeing God, towering!

This God set things right for me

and shut up the people who talked back.

He rescued me from enemy anger,

he pulled me from the grip of upstarts,

He saved me from the bullies.

That's why I'm thanking you, GOD,

all over the world.

That's why I'm singing songs

that rhyme your name.

David ended his prayer with thanksgiving. That right there will set your world back in the upright position. He writes in Psalm 103:2, Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

Recording God's Stats

What was David doing here? He was recording the goodness of God. You can too. Remember the winning plays and write them down.

Look how David does it again…

Psalms 30:12 MSG:

I'm about to burst with song;

I can't keep quiet about you.

GOD, my God,

I can't thank you enough.

Psalms 105:1-5 MSG:

Hallelujah!

Thank GOD! Pray to him by name!

Tell everyone you meet what he has done!

Sing him songs, belt out hymns,

translate his wonders into music!

Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,

you who seek GOD. Live a happy life!

Keep your eyes open for GOD, watch for his works;

be alert for signs of his presence.

Remember the world of wonders he has made,

his miracles, and the verdicts he's rendered--

Take your cues from David, finish up that prayer time of yours by talking about how amazing God is. When you do, it not only changes your mood, but there are a few other advantages too.

Benefits to Ending Your Prayer Time with Thanks:

1. You will build your faith. (You'll feel God put you back together.)

2. You will build your confidence. (Your prayers will be more powerful because your confidence level in God rises.)

3. God sticks around (He is enthroned on the praises of his people.)

4. You will be happier and in a better mood. Joy restored. Sweet deal!

Psalms 18:21-23 MSG:

Now I'm alert to GOD's ways;

I don't take God for granted.

Every day I review the ways he works;

I try not to miss a trick.

I feel put back together,

and I'm watching my step.

Do you thank God for all the great things he does for you on a regular basis? 

Even when you're up against a wall and there's no way out, instead of leaving God with a troubled mind, rehearse what God has brought you through in the past. Start naming them one by one.

  • Remember how God rescued you 6 years ago…. or 20 or 4?
  • Remember how God pulled you through that dark season of your life when…
  • Remember how God healed your body when the doctors said you had…
  • Remember how God provided for you when you lacked…
  • Remember how God restored your relationship with…
  • Remember how God saved you and made you a new person in...
  • Remember the miracles he performed for you!

Now, tell him how thankful you are for each of those things you just brought back to your mind. Let the memories morph into praise.

Make a Record Book for God

When God sets a new record for himself and comes through for you in a powerful way - write it down! Record the stats. Every detail. You will look back on the impossibility of your situations and say, "Whew! Look what God has done!" This is what David did in the Psalms; he recorded the events where God saved his behind. He logged God's goodness.

Go ahead, grab a notebook, nothing fancy, and start a Log Book for God. Fill it up with occurrences of answered prayer. This will build your confidence in God, and make your prayers more powerful because you'll be stirring your faith.

Before you move on from this blog post, take a few moments to think of everything you can be thankful for. What has God done for you? Rehearse it in your mind. Replay it. See yourself back at a desperate spot and how it felt when God moved and pulled you through.

Record, log, and rehearse your miracle moments - when you do, I guarantee you won't end your prayer time sad, depressed, or frustrated. A peace will settle on you like a sweet perfume. You'll have a glimmer in your eye, and hope in your gut. It will be put there by your praise and thanksgiving as you remember what God has done for you.

Ready? Get happy…end your prayer time with praise instead of sadness & frustration!

Are These Things Keeping You From Praying & Reading Your Bible?

Are These Things Keeping You From Praying & Reading Your Bible?
The next time you think you don't have time for prayer, think again. Could it be that you have the time stashed away but you don't know where to find it? Let's investigate and I'll show you how you can grab the time you want for prayer and Bible reading without it becoming a difficult task.

Little Things Can Keep You From the Big Things

Like tons of other believers, you probably have time to fill your day with small things which are not vital to your spiritual health. If your time is filled with the little things, you will end up ignoring the big things that determine your health and success as a Christian believer.

How to Find Time to Pray & Read Your Bible

Here's some good news: the key to having more time to nourish your soul and bring growth to your Spiritual being is doable. Just take a little time from the little things and direct that time toward the big things - prayer and reading your Bible. If you do, you'll be growing leaps and bounds as a Christian, you'll be more at peace, and you will have more wins in life.

What's on your small list?

What are the small things you can stop doing or spend less time doing, so you can devote more time to the big thing you really want to focus on?

Could any of these be on your list:

-  Surfing the net?
-  Twitter?
-  Facebook?
-  IM’ing?
-  Instagram?
-  Groupon?
-  Texting?
-  Google+?
-  StumbleUpon?
-  LinkedIn?
-  Angry Birds?
-  Pinterest?
-  Solitaire?
-  Instantaneous email replies?
-  Reading/watching news sites?
-  Co-workers you like to chat with?
-  Magazines?
-  YouTube?
-  Badges or notifications on your phone?

-  TV?

Become a Little Snatcher!

You can find the time to pray and read your Bible, just snatch it away from the little things list and you'll have more time than you imagined! Becoming a little snatcher will help you focus.
What are you going to snatch off your "little things list" this week, so you have the time you need to spend with God?

Here's a Prayer Booster:
God, I really do want to spend time with you because I know you'll bring peace to my crazy world. I also want to be nourished in my spirit by reading your Word. Help me to zero in on some items on my "little things list" so I have time to pray, read my Bible, and just be with you. Show me what things I can stop or do less of to give you more time. I know time with you is always well spent. I also know that being with you will refuel me and give me what I need to face my day. Help me keep my prayer and Bible reading time front and center. Thank you, In Jesus Name.
Snatch away!
By the way, If you want help with your prayer life, I've got a little something called Prayer Rock-It that will blow you away! Check it out here. It's booster fuel for your prayers!

Your Questions About Prayer Answered On The Radio Sunday!

I hear you! You've got questions about prayer... And I've got answers! Join me this Sunday as I will be the guest on the Healing Touch Radio Broadcast. I want you there with me so you can get your questions answered and kick your prayers up into high gear!

I'll be answering questions that you, my readers and video subscribers, have been asking. And I'll be and sharing some devil-butt-kicking tips you won't want to do without!

You'll also have a chance to win a FREE copy of my newest book, Grabbing God's Attention: The Art of Praying Like a Pro, now available in paperback as well as Kindle on Amazon.com. And you'll have an opportunity to win a FREE subscription to Prayer Rock-It: Booster Fuel For Your Prayers. Sound good? You know it!

Here's some of the topics I'll be covering:

What my two teenage kids and I did to pray a strip club out of our community and how you can do the same to rid evil out of your area!

How do you hear God talking to you?

How you can get people praying for you when you have a need?

What's prayer on steroids and how you can have em!

How you can be a prayer hero. Yes, you can change people's lives!

How you can slap your enemies around with prayer?!

Don't miss out, I want you to take advantage of this information that could change your life and the world around you! Tune in 7-8am this Sunday, April 7th at 1220am if you're in the central Florida area, or if you're anywhere else on the planet, you can listen in on the web at HealingTouch1220am.com. 

Talk to you Sunday!

Dr. Linda