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Do you ever feel like there’s something standing in the way of your relationship with God? One day during my morning devotionals, I was trying to pray. Maybe you’ve had similar days, when you’re trying to actively seek His presence and hear from Him, but nothing seems to happen. The prayers feel stagnant, and you’re sitting there in silence. That morning, I had read Deuteronomy 11:22, where Moses advised the Israelites to love the Lord, walk in His ways and hold fast to Him. So here I was, trying to cling to Him, but I felt something holding me back.…

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.” 1 Kings 19:4.  Elijah speaks this abased prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he defeated hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to fall and deliver the nation from drought…

“I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:  while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted”  (Psalm 88:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). This Psalmist had endured affliction from an early age.  His remembrance of it seems to go back to childhood.  His whole life had been a life of trouble and sorrow. He was crying out for help. Because of all of the pain he felt, he was distracted.  The affliction dominated his thinking.  Physical suffering will affect our minds. Our thinking will be impaired if we let it do so. The…