How do you feel about praying?
To me, the hardest part about prayer is that sometimes it feels amazing and other times I feel nothing.
It’s so easy to pray when you feel awash with peace and consolation. You think to yourself, “God is listening to me. God is right here with me.” A bear hug from God himself.
But to pray when you feel nothing? That is true faith.
Most of the time, I find myself praying to silence. Crickets. There’s no feedback, no signs of being heard. When this happens, I pray for all kinds of things. I ask: for my family’s health, for signs, for clarity, for patience. I also give thanks: for my family’s well being, for my successes, for the lessons I’m learning, for the experiences I’m having.
But, most of all, I pray for this one thing: to get even closer to God.
Whatever you feel when you pray, I invite you to continue exploring your friendship with God. In the words of C.S. Lewis:
“Friendship has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
No matter what you feel, pray anyway. Your friendship with God is worth it.