When life is painful or a struggle, we talk with Him about it- sometimes asking for His help, sometimes just wanting someone to share it with.
What should we anticipate as a result of this discipline? Philippians 4:6-7 says we should expect the peace that passes all understanding. Philippians 4:19 says we should expect all of our needs to be met. Romans 8:28 says we should expect any difficult time to be worked out to our good eventually. First Corinthians 10:13 says we should expect to be given everything we need to “bear” the difficult times.
Back to my brother, Mike. Before going to youth camp each year, he talks with his youth about their Friday night devotional and prayer time at camp. He helps them recall how someone is always praying that they won’t lose the spiritual high feeling that has been developed by the end of the week.
He helps them understand that they are having the strong feeling of connectedness to God for a reason. They have been practicing the presence of God all week- reading their Bible’s daily, spending time with Christians consistently, singing, praising God, etc. He says, “If you want to keep the feeling, keep up the behavior that got you the feeling.”