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Friday, April 26, 2013

When you’re too worn out to pray

by Connie Rossini

Christ as Savior by El Greco. You can pray, even when you're too tired to think.
Christ our Savior by El Greco. You can pray, even when you're too tired to think.

Prayer takes energy. When you are stressed, you may find you can’t use your imagination to meditate. You may be too worn out to converse with God. This was the case with me last year, when homeschooling three kids with a baby overwhelmed me.

Several times when I went to pray, I had too little strength to picture a scene from the Gospels. I could barely muster the energy to think the words, “Jesus, I love you.”

But I knew I had to pray. And I knew Jesus was there. I knew His love was constant. That meant He was loving me at that moment. So I decided just to soak in God’s love, like I might soak in the sunlight. I sat silent, reminding myself briefly every few minutes that God’s love was surrounding me. I let Him love me, and that was my prayer for half an hour.

I’ll never forget one trip to the confessional at this period of my life. I don’t remember what I said to the priest–certainly no specifics about my prayer method–but his advice astonished me. He said I should just sit and let God love me–the very thing I had felt inspired to do.
If you are too emotionally drained to pray, try this method.

Share with us: What do you do when you are too worn out to pray?

This post was posted simultaneously at Contemplative Homeschool.


  1. Hi Connie,
    This is what I do too! Sometimes soaking in God's love is exactly what we need!

  2. It's amazing how much strength and peace you can receive from "doing nothing" in God's presence, isn't it?


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