35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
‘For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We can often feel separated from God - I know that my own sin and guilt makes me feel far from God, that I shouldn't even try to come into His presence, much less address him in prayer.
Many years ago, I had a vision of God holding onto me, and I received a promise from Him that He would never let me go. I have held onto that vision ever since, especially during the dark times, of which there have been many.
God doesn't want any of us to depart from his presence - no matter how far away we feel, God's love and care are inseperable from us.
I can't remember who first said this, but it's always stuck with me:
"Pray when you feel like it, that's when God will bless you most.
Pray when you don't feel like it, that's when you need it most."