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Talking To God When It Is Difficult

talking to God when it is difficult

Before you begin, I urge you to ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you read this. I hope that He unveils, teaches, or encourages you (or all three) to draw close to God in Jesus Christ. 

Do you find yourself having a difficult time talking to God? Only communicate to Him when you need something? Do you desire to be vulnerable and open with God with everything that you have?

I know this is like a 20 questions deal, but in all truth, my hope for you is to communicate with Him daily fully. Our life is in dire need of Him daily because the world is greatly distracting us from Him!

There are times when I found myself not wanting to talk to Him and fully just wanted to watch a television show or do else apart from Him. I did not talk to Him because I was walking in my own understanding of Him, not how He wanted me to see Him. 

God is & Powerful, But He Is Also Loving

We read of a God that is all-powerful, strong, just, and is jealous when we focus our hearts more on things than on Him. But we also tend to forget that God is also gentle, compassionate, and most of all, loving.  

We see this through Jesus Christ, who healed the sick, resurrected the dead, and even came on this earth to save us from peril!

The more I was apart from Him, the more it made me walk as the world did. Yes, I did acknowledge God, but there was no relationship between Him and me. Sure He communicated with Me, but I personally did not. It was like an up and down roller coaster with me, not Him. 

God Desires Mercy More Than Sacrifice

So this year, something happened that changed and shifted my perspective of Him and the meaning of having a relationship with God. In my last post, I wrote about how God desires mercy more than sacrifices, based on a video I watched on Youtube. 

I learned that God desires our heart, and by heart, our obedience, our being to fully be in Him. You see, when we continue to talk to God, He entirely changes our heart’s core. We then desire more of Him and delight in Him, and He becomes all that we need in our life. And when we talk to Him, He talks back, through the bible most of the time, and sometimes through the Holy Spirit, people, our thoughts, dreams, and other various ways. 

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Proverbs 37:4 NIV

Of course, we need to read the bible because it is God’s word (John 1:1). It reveals God’s character and provides examples of those seeking God’s heart (like David in 1 & 2 Samuel and Psalms). The bible is one of the significant ways God communicates with us. 

Our relationship with Him is bi-directional, meaning if you communicate with Him, He definitely will interact with you!

So if you have found yourself having a difficult time communicating with God for anything in your life, here are some tips to encourage you and fully be ‘naked’ with Him. 

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When IT Gets Difficult, Ask And Be Guided By The Holy Spirit

I know this may not be an easy thing to do. Rather than thinking it in a way that focuses on your effort, how about giving it to the Holy Spirit? In the morning or even during the day, talk to the Holy Spirit and tell Him to help you speak to God. 

Ask the Spirit to set your mind on Him. Ask the Spirit to place your need on Him. In the end, you desire to delight in the Lord in everything so that He is your everything!

If you speak in the Spirit, then speak in the Spirit. The Spirit then communicates with God. He searches our hearts, our thoughts and presents them to God (Psalm 139:23). 

The Lord Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that He can help us and guide us into all truth. He is the Spirit of wisdom, knowledge, counsel, might, understanding, and fear of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2). He is the real, active, and He lives in you. 

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26 NIV)

So even if you have difficulty communicating with God, you are not alone. The Holy Spirit is there to help you and to teach you in all ways. 

Talking To God: Ask Yourself Some Deep Questions

As I mentioned, I did not pray to God much nor sought Him based on my own understanding. The bible clearly says to trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). No, we are not going to be perfect at this. I know I am not. 

So how do I come to Him even when it may be difficult? I acknowledge that I am in need of His guidance. I accept that I do not know it all. There are no instances of how my day will be. I can’t solely rely on how positive my day will be because there will be struggles. Whether it is at work, home, in my thoughts, and with others, I need Him to walk with me and help me get through the day. 

I may make plans for the day, but it will fail. Therefore, I need Him to direct my steps. Because even if my plans are not completed for the day, I know it is to be this way because He knows best. 

But for you, what are some reasons you are not going to Him? 

  • Is it because you asked Him for something, and He never gave it to you?
  • Do you feel that He does not hear you (know it is not based on feeling but faith)? Because if you feel like that, what are some reasons why you feel like that? 
  • Are you prideful, which leads you to not want to talk to Him? Do you believe He did something in your life that may have led you to not speak to Him as much and with heart?
  • Do you just come to Him for what you need but not solely to spent time in His presence?

There are various reasons why we don’t approach God in all things. You can even talk to God about this, and He will reveal to you what you may need to know! It is okay to cry to God; have Faith that He hears you. He is the God of all, and He knows your heart. 

Where Are You Putting Your Hope?

In my recent post, I discussed some things I learned about in the book of Hosea. I mostly learned that the people of Israel desired more things of the world than of God. One thing that actually caught my attention was in Hosea 7:14:

“They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me.” via biblegateway

It made me realize that I did not come to Him for everything in my life. No, I did not cut myself, but I ate ice cream to relieve my pain. I watched cartoons to make me feel better or to distract me from stressful things. Instead of asking for forgiveness, I was prideful and sought other things that were not good for me. I was not sensitive and gave myself to all sorts of things that were not God (Ephesians 4:19). 

I had to change the way I did things by acknowledging them to God. Repented my sins and asked Him to help me delight in Him and not on things when life got difficult.

I now place my hope in Him. It’s a work in progress, and I humbly know that. But it is all about submission and acknowledging that without Him, we are nothing. He is enough. His lovingkindness is better than life. 

There you go! I hope this post encouraged you. Walk by faith, not by sight.

Until Next Time.

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