When God Tests Your Heart in Prayer

How do you deal with the struggles you have in prayer? It can be very easy to become discouraged in prayer. Perhaps you are experiencing dryness in prayer or loneliness. Maybe you are being attacked with doubts. Today, Dr. Sri addresses some of the challenges we may face in prayer and how we can respond to those challenges.

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It is in the moments of dryness and darkness in prayer that God is inviting us to take that next step in our relationship with him.


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Why Do You Pray?

What motivates you to pray? Do you go to prayer for the sake of God himself? Are you praying in order to have a relationship with him? These are good motivations. These are reasons that we ought to feel pulled to prayer. However, sometimes we can go to prayer for other reasons. Rather than going to prayer for the sake of the Giver, we go to prayer for his gifts. Our focus must be on the Giver.

The Beginning Is Sweet

For many people, the beginning of the prayer life is very sweet. It is full of consolation and joy. We find ourselves eager to go to Mass and Adoration. We desire that time with God above all else. However, for a lot of us, after we have been praying for a while, it can become a drudgery. Prayer becomes difficult. The consolations are either nonexistent or few and far between. We must persevere in our prayer.

St. Faustina Quote

One act of trust in such moments gives God greater glory than whole hours passed in prayer filled with consolations.


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Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.

1 Comment

  1. Hello Dr. Sri,

    Today 1/4/24, in the radio show with Terese Tamio, I listened to your comments regarding the dryness of prayer and how the saints can help us to find the real prayer in the presence of the Lord. Would you send me your comments in writing?


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