|Linda and I, in New York City|
I'm going out to pray today. I've been doing this Tuesday afternoon prayer time for over three decades. I'm going to meet with God, not get get some experience.
I will not be expecting certain feelings to arise as I pray. That is, my prayer life is not dependent on feeling God, but on the reality of God-with-me whether I feel him or not
"Prayer means keeping company with God who is already present."
- Philip Yancey, Prayer, Kindle Locations 958-959)
This means that my "feelings" about God's presence or absence are real but irrelevant to the fact of God's presence now with me.
Any feelings of God I experience are important but are not indicative. Experiencing God is vital. Experiences and feelings will come. Let them come as a result of praying, not as the goal of your prayer life.
Meet with God today in prayer. Give thanks for however God chooses to love and touch you.