What To Do When Too Sick To Pray? Do You Think:
I Cannot Pray?

The articles listed below give advice on how to pray even when you feel too sick to pray.

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Prayer is powerful

I lived with very severe CFS/ME for 18 years. (I still live with it at a significant level.)

When we are living with illness or hardship, it can be easy to dismiss prayer as something of less importance than the other things we do to survive.

But to discipline our minds to hold and cultivate a belief in a God of Love and provision is a powerful and wonderful thing.

Powerful words: "I can"

Our minds respond powerfully to our words.

When we say “I can....”, it motivates us and sets our mind on track to find ways in which we can do whatever it is we are setting out to do.

Do you ever feel that you are too sick to pray?

If so notice that these words do not ask for what you want and replace them with...
"However my body feels, I can pray." Or...
"I am well enough to pray."

If you hear yourself say: "I cannot pray," notice these words are not what you want and replace them with...
"I can pray."

Please note, this does not mean you need to deny how you feel. 
Perhaps right now you may feel that you are too sick to pray, and that is OK.
If you felt well enough to pray, how would you feel?

Asking this question is a simple and powerful technique for switching your mind to focus on what you do want.

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Be kind to yourself.
Focus on what you do well.

If you notice the thought that you are too sick to pray or too stuck to pray, please do not beat yourself up. For example, your self talk may include some of the following:

"Oh no, look I am feeling too sick to pray.
I feel too upset to pray.
I can’t do it properly.
There is no point trying.
God won’t hear such an imperfect prayer" etc. etc.

We can be good at being hard on ourselves, can’t we?

You are skilfully noticing that your words are asking for what you don’t want. Your words are a prayer you would never choose to pray.

Now you are doing the wonderful thing of practising new words.
You are choosing to ask for what you do want.

I skilfully notice that my words are asking for what I don’t want,
I do the wonderful thing of practising new words.
I am choosing to ask for what I do want.
God please decide for me.

Wow, how great that you noticed where your mind was going.
How great that you are exercising your power to change the direction of your mind.

There is always a point to prayer.
Prayer leads me from a place of lack
into a place of possibility. 

Thank you God that all things are possible for you.

Pray out loud

Praying out loud can be more powerful. It is more difficult for the chattering mind to go off in its own direction when you speak out loud. The mind is forced to stop and listen to what you are saying.

I can do this.
I can pray.
Dear God, I direct my words to you.
And so this thought, these words are a prayer.

I include you in my sadness.
I include you in my not knowing.
I include you in any joy.
I include you in any moment of hope and trust.

Thank you for being here. AMEN

If you read those words, then well done.

Even if you didn't mean them, well done for saying them.

Pray the words even when they feel meaningless

Prayers are, on one level, just words.

Prayer expresses a willingness to believe that there is something bigger than yourself that can bring you a sense of peace in the situation you are in.

Is prayer just empty words?

But there may be times when prayer feels like empty words.
There may be times when you feel you are wasting your time.
There may be times when you feel you are just too sick to pray.
There may be times when you feel lost in the world with little connection to God.

But if you want to experiment with the effectiveness of prayer, you can say words of prayer no matter how you feel.

You are doing something wonderful by being willing to pray

There may be times when you are not feeling connected with God,
there are no angelic bells ringing,
no transcendent experiences,
no sweet feeling of bliss or unity,
perhaps no evidence whatsoever in your circumstances of a loving, all-powerful God.

Praying in these times of doubt is a powerful and beautiful service.

You seem to feel too sick to pray and you are praying anyway. Well done.

You are experiencing symptoms and believing in a God who gives you only health.

You are believing in a God who offers more than health. He/She offers the peace that passeth understanding. A peace that is greater than your symptoms.

You are standing in the darkness and calling on the light.

You are hanging on the cross and believing in the resurrection.

You are doing something truly wonderful.

Even as I stand in seeming darkness,
I call on the light.
All darkness is replaced.

Thank you.

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