Prayers Without Emotion Are Just as Powerful

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Ever thought that your prayer had to be emotional to be effective?

I admit it feels good to have emotions wash over me when I am spending time with God. Sometimes I am moved to tears as I pour out my heart. But at other times I have prayed almost completely void of emotion.

Many times I've had a blank stare piercing the heavens with no feeling behind it. I didn't feel like I could feel God's presence and I wondered if something was terribly wrong. Can you relate? Have you ever prayed this way?

James 5:16 says:

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV)

You might read this scripture and think you have "work up" your emotions for your prayer to pack power. But packing a punch in the spirit realm has more to do with your faith than it does your emotions.

Emotional Response is Not An Indicator of Faith

The mistake we sometimes make is measuring our prayer time by our emotional response. Know what? There will be times you pray with more emotion than others and it has more to do with your mental, physical, and emotional state than it does your prayer.

I'm sure you'll agree with me, some days you could cry buckets over a cup of spilled coffee. Other days, you take it in stride. Some days a car cutting you off on the highway can evoke strong emotions. And hopefully not strong words or hand gestures! Other days, you just let it roll off your back.

Factors Impacting Your Emotions When Praying:

  • How much sleep you've been getting
  • How much stress you are under
  • If you are not feeling well or are in pain
  • If you have a headache
  • Your personality and temperament
  • Your upbringing (some people were raised in a very non-emotional environment)

Our prayers do not hinge on feelings. They hinge on faith. The Bible doesn't say, "without feelings it is impossible to please God." NO! It says, "without faith, it is impossible to please God."

While a fervent passionate prayer avails much, the Bible doesn't say passionate prayers are the only ones that work with God. This verse is just stating that when you are in a fervent prayer mode - it reaches the heavens. This isn't the only kind of prayer that works. Other kinds of prayer do too. So don't feel bad if your prayers aren't drenched with emotion, soaked with tears, and unique facial contortions.

Pray in faith - and your prayer will be just as powerful!

What do you think? Have you ever been trapped into thinking your prayers had to be drenched with emotion when you prayed? Leave your remarks in the comment section.

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