“That there needed fidelity in those dryness, or insensibilities and irksomenesses in prayer, by which God tries our love to Him; that then was the time for us to make good and effectual acts of resignation, whereof one alone would oftentimes very much promote our spiritual advancement.” – Brother Lawrence
Some days we wake up and we feel down. We search for God, but it seems like He has hidden Himself from us. We attempt to pray and worship Him, but we don’t feel like it. John of the Cross described this as the dark night of the soul. It may last for a few minutes, some have experienced it for years. If you are experiencing this you can rest assured that it is absolutely necessary, according to the wisdom of God. This is a time of spiritual testing, as well as great spiritual blessing. You have a great opportunity to spend time with God for no other reason than the love of Him, because you can no longer perceive the present benefits. Once the time of testing has passed, your walk with God will be much closer.
We must show our fidelity to our beloved Lord, even when we feel spiritually desolate. God’s Spirit is always with us, even when we can’t sense Him.