…the most common obstacle to prayer…is disinclination. People do not pray because they do not feel like it. But we must not assume that prayer is effective only when it arises from an eager and emotional heart. Those who have achieved great power in prayer tell us that floods of feeling come only now and again in their times of intercession. They say we must learn to keep our appointments with God whether we feel like it or not. If we have an appointment to meet someone whom we regard as important do we break it a few moments before the meeting because we feel disinclined? Common courtesy tells us it would not be right. re we to be less courteous with God?
The great practitioners of prayer assure us God can do more with us when we pray against our inclination than when we pray with it. The willingness to submit to Him deepens our surrender; our resolve to go to God builds steel into our Christian commitment. It is faith, not feeling, that measures the efficacy of prayer.
– Selwyn Hughes
And this is all that I can say right now
(I know it’s not much)
And this is all that I can give
(Yeah, that’s my everything)
– All I Can Say, David Crowder Band
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Saviour and my God.