Things That People Have Said To Me About ADHD:
“Have you tried praying that your ADHD will go away?”
“When you’re distracted, pray.”
“God can heal your ADHD.”
“Are you sure you have ADHD?”
“I thought only children had ADHD.”
I came upon this blog post by Andy Lee http://wordsbyandylee.com/how-to-focus-adhd-prayer/.
I’m not sure if she has ADHD, but she titled her post “How to Focus ADHD Prayer.” She listed the following symptoms checklist:
Do you have trouble focusing your thoughts when praying?
Do you pray the same prayers everyday?
Do you get bored when praying?
Do your prayers get lost in your plans or worries for the day?
Her solution: “If you struggle praying, if focus is impossible, there is a very good chance the enemy is running interference. Put on your helmet. Tell Him to go away in Jesus’ name.”
She and others who take this approach are certainly people of faith. They have met spiritual interference and battled it with the help of God’s mighty spirit and strength. This is great, but ADHD is not a spiritual battle. It is not a sin. It is not something that can be prayed away.
Those of us with ADHD do need God’s help when dealing with the symptoms of ADHD, but I must be clear in stating that ADHD is not a spiritual disability.
If we keep our focus solely on our disability instead of focusing on our abilities, yes, we will eventually beat ourselves down spiritually. If we don’t keep our emotions in check we can end up believing things that are not from God such as thinking:
-we are not good enough
-we don’t have gifts and talents to offer the world
-there is something wrong with us
-we are less godly or spiritually disciplined than “normal” people
If you have ADHD please know and believe that you do not have a spiritual disease. While spiritual disciplines and faith in God can help you manage your symptoms, it cannot “cure”, “solve”, or “get ride of” ADHD.