But I Don't Feel Like Praying!

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
— 2 Timothy 2:1-4 NIV

“We must never wait until we feel like praying before we pray for others. Prayer is like any other work; we may not feel like working, but once we have been at it for a bit, we begin to feel like working. We may not feel like practicing the piano, but once we play for a while, we feel like doing it. In the same way, our prayer muscles need to be limbered up a bit and once the blood-flow of intercession begins, we will find that we feel like praying.”  Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline

Get the intercession flowing:

  • What friend needs your prayer today? (Who does God put on your mind?)
  • There are many things for which to give God thanks. Pick two.
  • Do you have someone with whom you are at odds? Pray for that person.
    (Matthew 5:43-48)
  • Who are your U.S. Senators? Your Congressman or Congresswoman? Your Mayor? Set aside a few minutes to lift up the President and the upcoming election.
  • Need help identifying your leaders? Click here for the Senate. Click here for the Directory of Representatives. Click here for Mayors (cities of 30,000 or more).
  • Ask God to help you stay in an attitude of prayer today.