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!