4 Reasons Why You Should Keep Praying When God Is Silent

It’s hard to keep praying when you aren’t seeing any results. When it feels like God is silent. It’s much easier to give up and walk away. But it’s so important that we don’t give up, and we keep praying.

Keep storming heaven’s gates, keep suiting up and picking up our weapons to meet the enemy’s attacks. The way we do that is through prayer. Prayer fatigue is a real challenge when it feels like we’ve been praying the same prayers for a long time and nothing is changing. 

Prayer is powerful, it’s a lifeline to our heavenly father Jesus Christ, but it also keeps us anchored to the truth when we are going through a storm. When all we can see from our perspective is the storm raging around us. It’s in these quiet moments of prayer in life’s hard seasons that we can surrender our burdens to Him. Ask for His provision and even for the peace only He can give. 

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It’s really easy to give up, to get tired of the waiting and weary of the battle, and walk away. To give up. But this is when we should buckle down and keep praying. When all we see is defeat when we don’t get an answer. 

When the prodigal child is still off in a foreign land. When the loved one hasn’t seen the healing you’ve been praying for. When we’re still in pain. Keep praying! You are a child of God and this is your line of communication with your daddy. So keep praying. Even when you feel like you can’t hear an answer because of the storm. Even when you can’t see God’s hand at work. Keep Praying. 

Why You Should Keep Praying

Prayer isn’t just a laundry list of needs it’s a direct line of communication with the creator of the universe. 

Keep Praying Even When You Don’t Get An Answer

For as long as I can remember our family’s prayer has been for more children. I will forever have the image of my parents kneeling by my sister’s and my bed as we met in prayer to beseech heaven’s gates. Year after year. Night after night.

I thought for sure there would be marks from their knees on the carpet, often I would check. We would curl in bed together as Mom read through the Bible chapter by chapter, book by book. We laughed and cried together, it’s moments like this that helped shape my faith. When my family is the strongest it’s when we are on our knees together. 

It’s a bond we will always share, like fellow soldiers. As you may have gathered this prayer while so many uncountable ones were fulfilled has been left unanswered. Yet God has brought many young people through our doors who were in need of someone to show them God’s love, to be a safe place for them to rest, and in due season, someone to cheer them on as they spread their wings to go wherever God took them. Their names are still in our prayer closets, and each one holds a special place in our hearts. 

I’m amazingly blessed to have grown up with two women who treated prayer as if it were the very breath in their lungs. They reminded me of God’s faithfulness in every season. Even when it seems my own prayers have remained unanswered, and I begin to grow weary. 

It’s so easy to grow weary, to stop praying for the things He has pressed against the fibers of our hearts. To give up and drop our dreams- our prayer burdens on the side of the road like so many pieces of belongings left in the wake of a wagon train. When the going got tough they would have to lighten the wagon’s loads, leaving behind anything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. So too we can abandon our prayers.

We can leave our prayers by the wayside and trudge on tired, disheartened, and weary. Or we can wait with Him. In child-like faith, holding His hand. Believing that He knows His plan for us and that His timing is always best

Perhaps it is in the faith to keep praying, despite what may seem like a lack of an answer that we grow… Perhaps it is in the pain, the tears in the dead of night as soft words escape our lips that worship is the sweetest… Perhaps it is the faithfulness of bended knee that we stand a beacon in the dark, a lighthouse in someone else’s storm… Perhaps the desperate prayer from a crushed heart and empty arms is the most beautiful…

What Does It Mean When God Is Silent?

As Christians, we find ourselves in two seasons, 1) where we can feel God’s presence in our lives, we hear his voice, and can easily see God’s hand at work. 

Alternately we go through season 2) the dry season. This is where God seems silent and often far away from us. It’s hard to hear His voice, and hand at work in this season. It’s in this season that we can feel abandoned, experience sadness anxiety, and even begin to doubt God. 

In the second season, it is so important to remember that our feelings and eyes don’t tell us the truth. We must stand firmly planted on the knowledge that God will never leave us and has a plan and purpose for our lives.

Just because we feel God is silent doesn’t mean He is, it doesn’t even mean we’ve done something wrong necessarily. It’s in this season that we must dig deep, lean on God when we feel alone, and keep praying. 

What Does Praying Without Ceasing Mean?

Pray without ceasing can feel very overwhelming and confusing so what does it really mean? Obviously, you can’t be on your knees every second of every day.

To pray without ceasing is to have a constant awareness that your God is with you, to surrender to Him, and an ongoing conversation with Him that doesn’t end when you stand up and go about your day. 

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How Can You Pray Without Ceasing?

Praying without ceasing is turning everyday moments into prayer moments, much like keeping a radio in the background as you go through your day. It’s a conversation that flows through your day. Maybe it’s as simple as thanking God for what He’s given you, asking for protection as you get in the car, or lifting others in prayer. 

Don’t know how to keep praying? Here’s a good way to get started:

  • Start with gratitude, thank God for what He’s created, and what He’s given you.
  • Be real, tell Him what you are struggling with, talk to Him like you would if He was your best friend. 
  • Pray for your family – a good opportunity is when you are folding laundry prayer for each person as you fold their laundry. 
  • Pray for your friends, community, and nation.
  • Pray over your needs.
  • Worship your God through music or song. 
  • Confess your sins and shortcomings. 
  • Learn to listen.

Learn more about praying without ceasing.

Keep Praying Bible Verses

Here are some great verses to meditate on when you are struggling to keep praying: 

Psalm 4:1 NIV

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!” 

Psalms 116:2 NLT

Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! 

Jeremiah 33:3 NIV

Call to me and I will answer you…

Psalm 32:6

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.” 

Psalm 39:12

“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; hold not your peace at my tears! For I am a sojourner with you, a guest, like all my fathers.” 

Psalm 69:13

“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.”

Psalm 102:16-17

“For the Lord builds up Zion; he appears in his glory; he regards the prayer of the destitute and does not despise their prayer.”

Job 22:27

“You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.”

Proverbs 15:29

“The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”

Daniel 9:17

“Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord, make your face to shine upon your sanctuary, which is desolate.”

Jonah 2:7

“When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple.”

Mark 11:24

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Romans 8:26

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Romans 12:12

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

 

Philippians 4:5-7

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 4:2

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

James 5:13

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.”

James 5:16

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Resources To Help You Keep Praying

Prayer is your weapon, and you are called to do battle on behalf of your family, your church, your friends, your fellow believers, and even your nation and community. Here are some resources to help you when you are struggling to keep praying:

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3 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why You Should Keep Praying When God Is Silent”

  1. Printed that list of verses. Thank you. Beautiful, and well written, as always. I thank you for exercising your gift of encouragement for the building up of the Body of Christ. Much love to you, all.

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