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Five Ways to Draw Closer to God When He Feels Far Away

By: Guest Blogger

Written by: Lauren Palmer

I was sitting at the table across from my best friends at our favorite coffee shop. I hadn’t seen my friends for a while, so we spent some time catching up on all the news going on in our lives. I wanted to have a good time with my friends, but for some reason, I just wasn’t enjoying myself. I felt empty.

In that moment –it dawned on me.

I felt empty and alone, despite being surrounded by my friends, because I hadn’t been nurturing the relationship that is the most important: my relationship with God.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt like this. It’s all too easy to get swept away and distracted by our busy lives to the point where we start spending more time on things that our culture values, instead of what God values.

As a college student, I’ve had my fair share of distractions. So, today I hope to share some of my tips on how you can get closer to God when He feels out of your reach.

1. Follow God’s Guidance

I know that when I feel far away from God, it is usually because I’m not living in harmony with His commands. God’s requirements for us are meant to help us live our best life. 1 John 5:3 teaches us that “his commands are not burdensome.” By following God’s guidance, we can have faith that we are pleasing to him and it will make us want to draw even closer to Him than we already are.

2. Prayer

You probably knew this step was coming, but it is essential. Prayer is one of the fundamental ways for us to communicate with God. It can be hard to maintain a friendship with someone if you rarely talk to them. It works the same way with God! First Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” This means that we need to communicate with God regularly. Prayer can also be a source of comfort in our hectic lives. If you’re feeling far away from God, set aside some personal quiet time in prayer to reconnect with Him.

3. Immerse Yourself in His Word

Sometimes reading the Bible may seem boring. The dates and places go in one ear and out the other! Reading the Bible in this state of mind will get you nowhere. Rather than just reading the Bible, get immersed in it. As you read, imagine the scenes being described. Researching the places and people mentioned in the scriptures can help you to picture what was going on at the time. It can be easy to forget the name of someone from the Bible, so knowing who they are and what they’ve done can also help you to follow along. Once you understand what is going on, you will realize why God included these records in the Bible for our benefit. Appreciating His Word more fully can help you feel closer to Him.

4. Get Involved with Your Community

You can get closer to God by helping others in their relationship with God. Being a mentor or leading a Bible study are great ways to learn more about God while helping others. Seeing how He is working in the lives of the people around you will strengthen your faith and inspire you to be a blessing in their lives too! Associating with strong, Christian friends can also be a great source of accountability and support. Being surrounded by people who are living their lives according to God’s standards will encourage us to live our lives according to His standards too.

5. Practice Gratitude

When I feel close to God, I am constantly reminded of so many of the amazing things He is doing in my life. When you are feeling distant from God, take some time to really think about and appreciate all of the blessings He has given you. Try thinking about the beautiful things He has done for you today alone, and eventually think about the big-picture things. Once you get started, it can be hard to stop! Of course, gratitude is something we should always strive for–not just when we feel far away from God.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

  • Have you recently felt like God was out of your reach?
  • How do you maintain your relationship with God?


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6 Responses to Five Ways to Draw Closer to God When He Feels Far Away

  1. Anna Gilpatric says:

    Thank you!!! This is exactly what I needed! I was feeling like my purpose was being pulled away from me, but I think I was moving farther from God. Now I believe that He is teaching me something new that I will use in the future. Since I was young I truly believed that I would marry a pastor and now that feeling has just grown stronger and stronger! Deep down in my soul I believe He is preparing me for great things by taking what I knew away and giving me new responsibilities.

    • Maddy K says:

      That’s great Anna! I will pray for you sister. I don’t know in what manner, but I am praying for you, that God will bless you in your walk with him and you will be best prepared to serve him in whatever manner God sees fit. I love your willingness to obey him, and I pray that God will give you encouragement when you most need it.
      -your sister in Christ

  2. Abby Cutsinger says:

    Yes! Number 5 is my biggest one- Gratitude is so easy to get lax on. I also find that disciplining myself to do things that I don’t want to do is another spiritual wake-me-up!

  3. Emelly Perez Calderon says:

    Hello, my name is Emelly I am from Dominican Republic. Since november of the last year I feel so far away from God and had felt a thirsty desert in my heart. In my local church my siblings in Christ and leaders helped me a lot and I pretty liked and enjoyed these tips and I thank first God for this ministry and for your live dear blooger. But my queastion is If I’m not able to be a mentor or host a bible study (I’m 21) and I’m stuck with my job and things of the university, what others things can I do? Is it bad if I am preparing for my professional career and growing in my job more than I do in my relationship with God?Thanks for everything,

    • Lauren says:

      Hello! Are there any Christian or ministry groups at your university that you could join? You don’t always have to be the one leading the group to benefit from it! Surrounding yourself with other strong Christians can help build your faith too. Prayer and reading the Bible are definitely the most effective ways of getting closer to God that every Christian can do!

  4. Andrea Rose says:

    I read this article to grow closer to God in my relationship with Him as I have left a mission group community I had been in for some time. I have been away from the group for a few weeks now and am now realizing how much the community strengthened my relationship with Christ. I believe God is calling me to return to the community and although it is a decision that will be difficult, I believe God is calling me to return to ultimately glorify Him and to deepen my trust in him.

    It is never easy to do things we don’t want to do when God is telling us to do them but ultimately He sometimes plans things for us so we can relinquish our own power and surrender to Him and His plan.

    Thank you for writing this article and providing a space for me to work this out.

    God bless. ❤❤❤

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