7 Reasons Why Your Prayers Are a Waste of Time

Have you ever wasted your time in prayer? If you have done any of the following when you pray, then you are wasting your time

How many times have you said a prayer for yourself or for someone else and waited for the results, the answer, AND nothing happened?

What’s wrong? Did God not hear you correctly? Was God too busy with something else or taking care of something more important than your prayer? 

Have you ever wondered if your praying is just a waste of your time and effort?

Let me share with you, after my more than 40 years of full-time ordained ministry why your prayers are a waste of time.  Yes, you heard me correctly.

Did you ever think for a minute that maybe the problem isn’t God’s problem, but it is your own problem and the way you pray?

Here are my Top 7 Reasons Why Your Prayers Are a Waste of Time!

Reason 1 - You talk too much

This is the topmost reason why your praying is simply a waste of your time.  Let’s face it we all are great at talking and too many times when we are having a chat with a family member or a friend, we can’t wait for them to shut up so we can talk. We go on and on about how much we know and how smart we are about the subject of conversation and we never take near as much time to listen to what they have to say to us in the first place. Talk, talk, talk the world is filled with the noise and clatter of people talking endlessly about their stuff and what they think is most important; which is usually all about them or 2ndly some complaint they have and if we’d all just shut up for a minute and listen we’d all be better off with the silence and the wisdom we’d gain by not talking so much. This is why the Bible says in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…”  Hmmm some good advice and the number 1 reason why your praying is a waste of your time. You do the biggest wrong thing right off the bat. You talk too much.

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Reason 2 - You listen to little

Going hand in hand with number 1 is you listen too little to what God may want to say to you when you pray. Remember this big suggestion, praying is a 2-way street, it is a dialogue between you and God. While God is supremely interested in what you have to say, your hopes, hurts, needs and wants, God also expects us to really listen so we can learn and get wiser when we pray. 

This number 2 reason is my biggest challenge when I pray. I suspect it may be yours too. See, I’m a pastor, have been for 45 years and basically, I get paid to talk. In the profession we call it preaching. Preaching is just basically talking with a bible nearby and talking about God and Jesus. We preachers talk a lot and we are pros at talking.

The problems come, when I go to pray in my private devotional time, I get into this talking mode with God and I go on and on and on endlessly telling God everything I think and believe God needs and wants to know. And then God simply says to me, when God can get a word in edge ways, hey Bill slow down and recall Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know…”

If we never really listen to God in our prayer time, we may miss an answer to a prayer we just prayed or hear the answer to something that has been on our hearts for a long time.

So, if you want to get your prayers answered you gotta listen; just sit quietly and listen really listen and you may get a quick answer.

Reason 3 - Your closed minded

Number 3 is a big one. Think of a closed mind as like a closed window in your home, let’s say in your kitchen.  You are cooking something on the stove and your smartphone text alert goes off and you read the text and then give an answer back. Pretty soon 5 minutes have passed, and you are alerted to attention by the smoke bubbling up from your frying pan. One thing I bet you will do very soon is open your kitchen window to let some fresh air in and vent out the disgusting smoke from the burning grease. When we close our minds to God, we miss out on some pretty important stuff coming directly from the source of all answers to our prayers. 

No wonder your prayers are a waste of time, you must open your mind because God’s answers can come to you in so many different ways that if your mind is closed, I bet you have missed far too many answers along the way.

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Reason 4 - You expect instant results

Wow this is important. Have you ever said a microwave prayer? Sure, you have. I do and we all do all the time. We shoot up a quick prayer about something important and then we get ticked off when the answer does not come back to us as fast or as soon as we wanted it. 

We think since God is all powerful and ever present and all loving, then God should attend to our prayers instantly and give us the answer sooner than later, preferably sooner like yesterday. Right? WRONG!!

God will always answer your prayers, but always on God’s good time. Sometimes the answer is not now, or no, or later, or your prayer does not fit my perfect plan for what you just asked me.  I suspect that you did not wake up this morning and God made you God and God took a vacation from the universe.

If you always expect instant results from God, then you already understand how big a waste of time your praying really is. My advice? Stop bothering God with your microwave praying and take up something more worthwhile like basket weaving or knitting.

Reason 5-You give Up


There is a verse in the Bible that reminds us to not stop praying about a particular need or person. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much.” – James 5:16.   Have you ever considered that just perhaps your praying long and hard is a sure test of your faith, your endurance and your continuing trust in God.  I believe that sometimes a prayer is not answered because we gave up praying too soon.  When I was but a lad, around 3rd grade age I came home from school and sitting out front of the house was a brand-new blue two-wheeler bike.  May dad had purchased and surprised me with my very first bike. I had no clue how to ride a two-wheeler, but dad said I’ll help you balance and get you going. Sure, enough he did and off I went down the road. The only problem was he forgot to tell me and show me how to stop the blasted thing. I was nearing the end of the block and the only way to stop was for me and my bike to steer right into a mailbox n the side of the road. I hit the mailbox, feel over and sure enough came to a stop.

If I had stopped my bike riding at that point because I had failed to stop and not kept at it, I would have missed a lifetime of great fun and riding. 

Your prayers are a waste of your time when you give up on God and yourself too soon. Just perhaps God is testing your faith and endurance and preparing you by not answering you quickly for a bigger challenge down the road of life.

Reason 6 - You get distracted

Ever been distracted? Do you own and use a smartphone? Yep, then you’ve been distracted. When we get distracted by something other than what we are doing right now or what we are supposed to be doing, like praying we are wasting our time.  My advice before you go to your devotional time, put your smartphone in another room and even shutdown Facebook and your video app so you focus on what is most important right now.

Reason 7 – You Forget what You Are Praying About.

There’s a great excuse people often use when asked if they did so and so. They realize they didn’t do it, so they quickly say, “I forgot.” Now forgetting is understood if we have a memory issue, but when we get distracted, see above reason 6, we tend to lose track and even forget what we started praying about in the first place.

One good prayer tool to help this prayer waster is to purchase a prayer journal or a prayer notebook and write down and track your prayers. Call it your memory helper. Your prayer notebook is also a good way to record how and when God answers your prayers too.

If you have read this far then I suspect I have spoken to you in some way and caught your attention. I have a short and perfect helper for you coming up and it is FREE. A surefire way for you to set your prayer life free once and for all.

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[BONUS REASON]  Reason 8 – You Forgot to Look Around You.

Try to understand that praying is kind of like seeking a buried treasure. The real adventure in treasure hunting is the hunting and looking and searching for the treasure chest not the treasure itself. Yew the treasure is great to discover, but the hunt and searching is what drives us and gets us going and keeping at it.

A lot of the time your praying is a big waste of your time because you are not looking, seeking and searching for the answer. It may be right next to you or right in front of you and you just have to do what Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find, knock and the door shall be open, ask and it shall be given…” -Matthew 7:7. Always remember though, that the answer will come to you, but only in God’s perfect time.

It’s a Wrap

There you have it, my Top 7 Reasons Why Your Prayers are a Waste of Your Time.  It would be totally unkind and not very helpful if I just left you hanging from here on out.  Since I have been honest with you today and told you point blank why your prayers are a waste of your time, I need to give you an answer to your number 1 question,

“How in the world can I not waste my time when I pray?”

I have put together a surefire 4 step way, call it your prayer checklist to help you pray in such a way that you are not wasting yours and God’s time ever again.  I care about your prayer life so much and have actually been praying about you since you first started reading this post, that I want you to have this easy to follow and put to use 1-page prayer checklist right now.  Yes, it’s totally free.  All you have to do is click the link and share your contact info so I know where to send it and you can instantly start seeing results in your praying and never waste your prayers again.

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Reverend Bill

As an ordained minister, Reverend Bill has taught thousands of Christians from all walks of life all around the world how they can grow in their knowledge of themselves and God and live a more abundant life and faith.

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