Causes of Prayerlessness


Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:17

“Pray without ceasing.” KJV


In relation to what we talked about yesterday, it’s critical for a believer to comprehend the root causes of prayerlessness in order to completely avoid them. Let’s examine what prompts a believer to go long periods of time without praying.

Causes of Prayerlessness

1- Distractions:

There are times in life when we become preoccupied with life’s problems, like work, school, and family. Even though they may begin as emergencies, these things ultimately take the place of our prayer time. We eventually stop praying altogether because we place too much emphasis on them.

2- Discouragement:

We occasionally experience things that leave us feeling demoralized. We enter our prayer spaces and try to speak, but nothing comes. It seems as though we are hitting a brick wall when we try to praise and worship. One of the tools the enemy uses to undermine our prayer lives is discouragement. If you don’t fight back, you’ll live a life devoid of prayer.

3- Stubborn Hearts:

Sometimes we give up praying because we don’t want God to intervene. You will be drawn away from God and into the world if you are stubborn. Because you do not want to pay attention to what God is saying to you, you will become less interested in praying. Now, keep in mind that trying to handle things your way will only result in failure and invite the enemy into your life.

4- Unbelief:

You’ve prayed long and hard for something, but now you’re starting to wonder if it’s really in God’s will for you to have it. Or perhaps the course God is directing you to follow seems difficult or unbelievable. You let unbelief creep into your heart and stop praying altogether rather than fighting in prayer. Doubting God’s promises always makes us less inclined to pray, and over time we have to deal with our lack of prayer.

Furthermore, let’s consider some few consequences of prayerlessness I think may be helpful. You will observe that most believers put these consequences on causes rather than working on improving on their already existing prayerlessness.

Consequences of Prayerlessness

A- Stress:

Through prayer, we can cast all that troubles us to God. The peace of God, which transcends all comprehension, aids us in removing our anxiety. Therefore, when we stop praying, we start to feel stressed because we are carrying around heavy burdens in our hearts.

B- Loss of Joy:

Let’s face it; it’s challenging to experience joy when you don’t have a close relationship with God. You can enjoy a close relationship with God and grow closer to Him through prayer. When you stop praying, you grow distant from God and gradually lose joy.

C- Lack of Desire for God:

What happens when you stop speaking to your friend on a regular basis? In that relationship, don’t you lose desire? God is no different in this regard. When you stop talking to God in prayer, your passion for him will fade. Your focus will begin to shift to other things, and your desire will change.

Wow! What a lesson we have learned today on both the causes and consequences of prayerlessness. Please, I’ll kindly ask you to follow along tomorrow as I discuss some “dangers of prayerlessness.”


Dear Lord, I find myself guilty in most of these causes and consequences of prayerlessness. I observe that the spirit is willing most times to pray but the flesh is weak. Please, help me to pray constantly even when I don’t feel like praying in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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