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Prayer is Hard!

Don - March 26, 2007

Tithing is easy. Fasting is a piece of cake. Fast offering – no problem. Thou shalt not kill – a no brainer. Love God – sure. Scripture study – I love it. FHE when we had kids at home was a challenge, but not too bad. Home teaching, good companion, good families so it’s done monthly.

But prayer! UGH now that’s hard.

I find it hard for several reasons. First I’m embarrassed to talk to Heavenly Father when I know I’ve just done something I shouldn’t have – when I know I’ve sinned. Especially when I’m not to the repentence part of the program. It seems silly to “talk” about other things and skip around the “sin”.

Second, I find it very difficult not to be redundant. Vain repetitions…I’m sometimes vain and quite often repetitious. I seem to be thankful for the same things, and I ask for the same blessings. Sure there is an important one, once and a while, but generally it’s the same things.

Next I have nothing new to say, I mean come on, pray twice a day as a family plus individual prayers…how am I supposed to come up with something new.

Oh, and another thing, since God knows what I need and what would be best for me why ask for anything specific? If I always ask that God’s will be done, then why not just thank Him all the time, or just ask to be blessed with whatever He knows I need and leave it open.

I also have a difficult time because prayer is a one way situation rather than a conversation. I sometimes think how much better prayer would be if it were a conversation and I could actually discuss and ask questions with real-time answers. I’ve always appreciated my dad’s advice and being able to bounce things off him. I sometimes wish God were more like that. (I know then there wouldn’t be any faith etc., but it still would be neat!)

Prayer is hard! I’m working on it, I wish it was as easy as tithing.


  1. Yes it is hard. My problem is I pray most often when I’m feeling humbled. I need to do better at praying when things are going well. Thanks for the words Don. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one.

    Comment by cj douglass — March 26, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  2. I know exactly what you mean.

    When you feel like you’ve run out of things to about on the personal front, there’s always other people to pray for.

    Comment by Susan M — March 26, 2007 @ 10:39 am

  3. Um, yeah. I could agree with this post. I wish I was better at prayer. Really I do.

    Comment by danithew — March 26, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  4. Repitition, shmepitition. I have it on good authority that every one of President Hinckley’s meal prayers are as follows: “DHF, we are grateful for this food and we ask Thee to please bless it. ITNOJC, amen.”

    If you’re sincere every time, I see no problem with repetition.

    Comment by Rusty — March 26, 2007 @ 11:56 am

  5. Rusty, doesn’t Pres. Hinckley ever ask you to bless the food when you’re eating with him?

    Comment by Don Clifton — March 26, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  6. Normally I don’t simply slap down a link to someone else’s blog, but I read a post on prayer that I enjoyed very much, and I thought you might be interested too, especially with your mention of prayer as conversation: here is the post. I hope you find something in it to enrich your prayer life.

    Comment by Brad Haas — March 26, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

  7. Don – I’m sure I’ve said this a thousand time before but it’s only because I am so bad about remembering it. If for no other reason, we pray simply to give thanks each day for each blessing in our lives, we should remember to pray. I’m really lousy at it myself but I keep trying.

    Comment by Lamonte — March 26, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  8. Brad Haas, thanks for the link, I enjoyed the perspective. I liked the line: “If in my feeble attempts to say a Rosary, I manage just one or two heartfelt Hail Marys, that’s far better than if I hadn’t tried at all”

    I guess I should feel the same. If one little thing in my prayers is heartfelt then it certainly is better than not praying at all.

    Comment by Don Clifton — March 26, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

  9. Hey, I have a quick question. I’m wondering if anyone can get me in touch with Bret that commented about the first discussion in ebonics (February 7th). I’m a writer for BYU’s 100 Hour Board (theboard.byu.edu) and we had a question about that. Is there any way I can get a copy of it ASAP? Please email me at lavishable at gmail dot com.


    - Lavish

    Comment by Lavish — March 26, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  10. Lavish
    I’ll tell Bret you want him!! He’ll email you tonight or tomorrow morning.

    Comment by don — March 26, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  11. Yeah, prayer is hard in those ways/ I’ve had the same struggles, but I also have good reasons to look forward to talking to my Heavenly Father. One is that I know I can talk to Him about ANYTHING like no one else. He knows my situations better then anyone. So, though it’s hard to talk to Him is some ways, in others it’s easier then talking to anyone else:)

    Comment by Bret — March 26, 2007 @ 11:13 pm

  12. Well, they say “the natural man is an enemy to God.”

    First rule of diplomacy is that you keep an open dialogue with your enemies as well as your friends.

    Comment by Seth R. — March 27, 2007 @ 4:39 am

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