Two Common Ways The Devil Attacks Your Mind During Prayer


Prayer is like a warfare. You want to connect with your Creator God, with your heavenly Father through your prayer and the enemy is going to try to thwart your effort.

How does the devil attempt to thwart your prayer?  For most of the time the Church Fathers describe the following two common ways. Many of you, who pray daily, will probably find the experience familiar.

Heaviness, Laziness and Boredom

He will attack your mind by trying to overcome you with increasing inner heaviness, laziness, boredom and even perhaps with drowsiness. This may happen even when you try to read the Holy Bible. You probably have either experienced or heard of many people saying they get sleepy when they want to read the Scripture. This is one of the ways the devil attacks your mind because he wants to thwart your prayer and the desire to be in communion with God.

Mass of Thoughts Will Cloud Your Mind

Have you noticed that once you start praying, different types of thoughts immediately attack your mind and cloud your mind? This is also called raging of thoughts. These thoughts can be bad or even good thoughts. Yes, even good thoughts. But this doesn’t mean it’s good to have good thoughts during prayer. The enemy’s desire is to thwart your attention in any way he can. Praying with utmost attention is one of the most important aspects of a true prayer.

Here Is The Good News

We know that “all things work for the good of those, who love the Lord” (Rom. 8:28). So the question is, why does God permit the devil to tempt us? Here are two answers to this. Sometimes the temptation is a result of our behavior and previous thoughts. When you walk over burning fire without your shoes on, your feet will burn. In the same way, if you watch bad programs on TV, read violent stories in the news because they sound interesting, it will be nearly impossible to clear your mind from these thoughts and have a peaceful prayer without temptation and with attention. The second is that your enemy (the devil) can act only by God’s permission. It could be that your humility, patience and determination still needs to be tested.

Patiently continue your prayer discipline and ask for God’s help. Our Lord Jesus in Matthew 6:6 said, “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Therefore, always ask our Lord to help you to “go in your room,” to “enter your room,” so you can pray there. We really don’t know how to “enter the room,” which is our heart, but ask for the Lord’s help and it will come in due time.

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Armen Hareyan

Armen Hareyan

I am a Subdeacon of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Love the Lord and love people. In this website I write daily inspirational messages about Christian Spiritual Life to help people to grow in faith.

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  1. Christian walk says:

    Do you ever get sick and tired of being attacked by the devil? In your Christian walk, does it ever seem like you take one step forward and two steps back? Have you ever felt condemned in your sin and wanted to just give up the fight?

    • Armen Hareyan Armen Hareyan says:

      This spiritual warfare is going to accompany us throughout our lives in this world. The good news is that God will always provide you the necessary strength. Consider these three promises for example. God has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. That’s Phillipians 4:19. God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). in fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. We just need an obedient faith, not logic. God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided. This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13. – You know, it’s like a seed growing. It’s an ever-growing process while we are in this world and it takes time. Do no despair. This is a beautiful journey with God.

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