Dry seasons in our faith can come with many different feelings attached to it. Sometimes we can feel unmotivated, struggle to feel God’s presence or just overall numb. Objectively speaking, we always know that God never abandons us, although in these moments it’s very easy to get sucked into the lie that He is distant. There is a lot of growth and beauty that comes from these moments. Call them growing pains, if you will. If our faith and prayer solely depended on feeling, it would be all over the place. This goes to every aspect of our life. There are many days when we wake up and don’t “feel” like going to work, but we make the choice to go anyways. There may even be times when you are upset with your spouse and you don’t “feel” happy or loved, but you make the choice to love them anyways. Just like love is an act of will, a choice, so is faith. Faith is not just “I believe” and that’s it, it is deeper than that. It is a constant act of the will to serve God, follow God and talk to God, whether we feel like it or not.
There is a beautiful quote by Mark Hart where he says, “The times when we don’t feel like praying, are the times when we need to pray the most.” The worst thing we can do in these low moments is cut back on prayer. Prayer is such a powerful weapon, and as tempting as it can be to put it off or not want to do it, we need this weapon more than ever in those moments. Our will feels weakened because it can be influenced strongly by our emotions, but always come back to what St. Paul said in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9). God is able to work through us even more when we are in these times of weakness because we give Him everything in those moments.
When we choose to pray in moments when we don’t want to, we choose to say to God “I will be faithful to You and I believe you are always here, not because I feel you are, but because I know.” Persevere in prayer and don’t let your feelings dictate whether you should pray or not. In moments when you don’t feel like it…pray anyways.
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