It’s not uncommon to feel distant from God. The best thing to do when this happens is to be sincere about it. Everyone at some time can feel far from God. So what can you do to get closer?
A lot of it depends on your life situation. Have you been walking in your faith for a long time, or are you new in your belief? Where you are now is important to consider, but a common thread exists in nearly every case.
When you feel far from God, it’s always an invitation to get closer and to trust more. It can be challenging, but that’s because the rewards are heavenly. Getting closer to God means understanding in a deeper way who you are, where you came from, and where you are headed. It means making sense of your history and your wounds.
If sin is separating you from God, ask for forgiveness, and let the blood of Christ wash you clean.
If you need to trust God more, then ask his Holy Spirit to help you.
And if you are called to give or love more, then seek God’s presence. Let his grace give you the humility, courage, and perseverance to be more Christ-like.
It’s all fueled by the love of God. So receive it thankfully. It’s there for you always.
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13-7
For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind.
PRAYER FOR WHEN YOU FEEL FAR FROM GOD
O loving Lord,
Here I am before you even though I feel far away. I want to get closer, but at the same time I resist.
Is my heart wounded? Am I’m afraid to let it all go into your hands?
Deep down my soul cries out, “Save me! O merciful Lord”.
Let this moment be a time of inner growth. May I learn and understand the deeper mysteries of faith. May the Spirit of Christ show me the heart of Jesus. May I love despite the struggle, beyond the silence.
Purify my heart, O Lord.
Reveal to me your most excellent way, the way my Savior loves me, even alone on the cross, glorifying you in heaven.
In the name of Christ Jesus,