How to Overcome Sluggishness in Your Prayer Time
“About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)” ??Luke? ?9:28-33? ?NIV??
Jesus needed to pray. He took His disciples with Him up on a mountain. Talk about getting away from it all. Oh yes. As He was praying the appearance of His face changed. Whoa. He encounters the Father’s glory and it illuminates Him. A visible difference. Of course there was something visibly about the countenance of Jesus, but with time alone with God – His whole being was changed! His clothes even became as bright as a flash of lightning! Whoa!
I have been in services with the glory of God, but I have yet to see this kind of thing happen to anyone. I can’t wait when I do see it!! This is the stuff Hollywood tries to recreate in films with supernatural events, but the glory of God I don’t actually think can be accurately represented on camera like it really is. Why?! Because it’s a supernatural glory that is not just perceived with the natural eyes, but with the Spirit of man.
What about the guys that were there with Him? They were sleepy. They didn’t really know what was going on until they looked at Jesus straight on and saw Moses and Elijah standing there.
When was the last time someone who already died and went to heaven appeared in front of you?!
Once again, this is the stuff that the “psychic” world claims that they “see”. However, this is way behind that type of “seeing”! It wasn’t something Peter, James, John, and Jesus were seeing when they closed their eyes. It was Moses and Elijah, standing there “in glorious splendor.” WhT did this cause them to do? It made them wake up and become fully aware.
Is this not just like us in the natural? Ever get sleepy the second you sit down to pray? The disciples of Jesus did. They walked up the mountain with him, but they “were sleepy”. As much as I try to be as “spiritual” as possible, and attend prayer meetings, or get up early to pray, my natural self fights tiredness and fatigue, especially when I’ve just worked a ton of hours at work.
In a prayer meeting the other night, I almost fell asleep just from the complete fatigue from my work week. Not kidding. For once, though, I didn’t allow myself to feel guilty about this, but drifted into a state of prayer where I was completely relaxed. Why was this a big deal? I had been so tight and tense the entire week about my to-do list at work the size of Mt. Rushmore.
Sometimes just showing up where the presence of the glory of God is, is enough to wake us up. At this sight of Jesus, they woke up and became fully aware. I had the same experience in the prayer meeting. Once the atmosphere shifted, and we all got up on our feet, as the pastor instructed, the glory and presence of God woke me up! It tangibly filled the room, and affected me. It started removing all sluggishness. Is this an issue for you? 9 out of 10 people will say yes. It is a constant battle.
I have recently found some keys to getting rid of sluggishness in my prayer time.
Sometimes just being the physical location in the presence of God is enough to awaken us. Sluggishness is typically a Just making a choice to show up in places where we believe the glory of God is going to show up is a way that we can fully expose ourselves to the transforming power of God.