3 Things to Remember When God Feels Distant - What to do when your prayers feel unheard

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Psalm 86:15 - But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Does God Sometimes Feel Distant To You?

Over the years, I have felt myself grow in and out in my relationship with Jesus depending on my season of life. Oftentimes, when I feel very close with Him, I feel extremely loved, heard, and forgiven. But then there are those times when I feel very distant from Him. I feel as if He is a million miles away.

I am sure you have felt this same way also. Those nights when you pray to God and it feels like you are only talking to yourself? Yes, I get those too. Perhaps, for you, it has been more than just one night. Perhaps this feeling of being unheard has been going on for months or even years.

There are many things you can remember when you have nights, days, weeks, or even years like those.

1. Remember that this is an attack from the enemy.

Unfortunately, God often gets blamed when anything bad happens to humanity. As a whole, humanity likes to forget that there is an enemy who is extremely against us - one who attacks us and perpetrates evil at every chance he can. If Satan can make God feel distant to you, he absolutely will. However, just because he can make you feel something, doesn't mean that it's the truth. You have to remember that Satan only has one weapon he can really use against us: lies.

If he can make you feel like God is distant, then he has won. He has put those lies in front of you that say,

  • Maybe God doesn't love me

  • Maybe God hasn't forgiven me

  • Maybe God doesn't care

  • Maybe God isn't real