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A prayer for when you can't feel God
By Kelly-Jayne McGlynn

Isaiah 41:10: "So do not be afraid, because I am with you; do not be dismayed, because I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will support you with my just right hand."

A feeling of peace, stability and belonging. A load rose from my shoulders. A sense of direction and purpose. I felt all of these things when I prayed to God. I felt like he was right next to me, walking with me and holding my hand. I felt him through everything I did and everything I saw. And then, after a period of instability in my life, all of those feelings disappeared. There was so much change at once that I just became deaf. It felt like my soul was going blind and I started to question everything. Where did god go? Did God Leave Me? Was God ever really there to start …?

It is such a blessing from God that he gives us these senses to experience him and his love. However, Hebrews 11: 1 reminds us not to rely on these feelings: "Now faith is trust in what we hope and certainty in what we don't see." Even if we can't see God, it calls us Scripture to have faith anyway. God wants us to trust who He tells us that he is and not what we can perceive from our circumstances. This includes our feelings.

Even if we don't feel God, He is still right there. He is with us. It strengthens us. He holds us up by his hand. With God's help, we can recognize this truth in our hearts, even if we cannot connect to it emotionally at this moment. Let's pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your steadfastness and constant presence in our lives. Sometimes we can feel you right next to us. But sometimes it's hard to know you're there at all. Sometimes life becomes so difficult that our heart simply cannot feel you through the pain. Sometimes you take these feelings away so that we can search for you even more passionately. I pray today, Father, that I will not rely on my own feelings, but on your love for me. May I trust that your word is the truth that rules my life over my own understanding. Help me see you and believe in your character, even if my feelings tell me otherwise. You are nice, you are good and you are gracious. They are both almighty and all-loving. You care deeply about me and my loved ones. Be with me when I live out these truths no matter what my circumstances are today, Lord, when we move forward together. I love you and pray all of these things in the amazing name of your son, Amen.

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Originally published May 01, 2020.

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