Sometimes prayer is easy. We talk naturally to God as our friend. Then there are those other times. What about asking for forgiveness for those things in our lives that we know we ought to feel are wrong but we do not? Those things we hold on to and would rather not talk to God about. This is a gap in our conversation with God. We would rather not talk about it and sometimes the silence lengthens. The silence can become a habit.
What has happened? We might feel that God is no longer there but the reality is that we just need to turn around. We have a loving God who knows us better than we know ourselves. The communication was not severed by God but by us because we did not want to share our lives. We have a loving God who knows us better than we know ourselves, who knows what we ought to ask. We fool ourselves by compartmentalization of our lives. Just as I am, O Lord I come!
St. Jerome in Penitence by Domenikos Theotokopoulos 1541-1614