Something just feels off. You try to pray, but it feels as though no one is listening. You try to go to church, but you leave feeling empty. You’re struggling with the same sinful habit you were a year ago. Things you thought you heard from God aren’t happening. This thing called Christianity doesn’t seem to be working for you at all. All you see is spiritual dryness.
At times like that it’s easy for us to become discouraged, frustrated, angry, or desperate. I’ve been there. One especially difficult period several years ago seemed to go on forever. Although my external life was relatively OK, my internal soul was overwhelmed and burdened. Nothing seemed to be happening between me and God even though I cried out to Him often.
Over several months I learned some important and sometimes difficult lessons that have been vital to my spiritual life ever since. If I could talk to myself back then, here are some of the things I would say. If you’re in one of those desperate times right now, perhaps they will be helpful to you as well.