No, this is not a John Piper article. Our lives right now are freaking crazy. First round of tests, career fairs, job interviews (what the heck am I going to do when I graduate), dongs, other AMC involvement, football season; if you are like me, the desire to spend time with God in times like these is drastically low. Which is so foolish because times like these is when we should be leaning into Him the most. But what if we are in a dry spot? We wake up each day and there is no desire to spend time in His presence. Or we spend time in His word and it just feels like words on a page. I just wanted to provide five practical ways to get out of slumps like this, things to try and bring that yearning for our heavenly Creator back into our hearts.
1) Audible. Change up what you are reading. I highly recommend reading Isaiah when you feel spiritually dry. The depth of passion inside this book is one to stir up emotions and make you on fire for Christ. Check out how powerful these verses are:
“I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron, I will give you the treasure of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord…. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” Isaiah 45: 2-3,7
Read Matthew 27-28. On these two chapters is what our entire faith rests on. It’s because of the death and resurrection that we have the ability to even be in a slump in our relationship with Christ. Think about that, yes dry phases in our walk with Jesus stink, but without the cross we have no right to walk with Jesus, be reminded of the blood that was shed, the love that was shown and then run to Him.
2) Focus. Instead of reading an entire chapter, read 2-3 verses and study the crap out of them. Pray over the verses, meditate on them fully; seek out context and commentary on what the true words in the verse mean.
3) Memorize scripture. Not even just one verse but choose a passage of scripture that you want to tackle memorizing, grab someone that would be willing to memorize it too. Your mind changes and your thoughts are on the passage all the time. The word of God changes from something you see with your eyes to something that becomes tattooed on your heart.
4) Pray often, pray on your knees, pray out loud. Realize that you cannot get out of a dry spot by yourself, be honest with God and speak with Him. You may feel awkward, especially if you have not been spending time with Him or in His word, but just start praying. Maybe everyday you wake up and the first thing you do is hit the floor, on your knees and praising God, asking Him for guidance because we cannot do this life on our own.
5) Fast. This is a scary term for some of us, but it is very biblical and very real in its effect on focusing our attention on God. Matthew 6:16 starts with “And when you fast..” The verse goes on to explain how fasting should be done in secret with others not knowing, but look at the first few words “And when you fast”. We are expected to follow this discipline and fast. Taking away something we rely on like food (although fasting does not have to be from food, you can fast from social media and other things) and instead show our Creator that we want to desire Him more than food. Maybe every time your stomach aches for hunger, pray to God to replace that yearning for food with yearning for His presence.
There are so many things that can grow your desire for God, but I hope you realize that in all of these things you cannot snap your fingers and want to follow Him like there’s no tomorrow. It takes effort and it takes a God who loves you so much that he meets us there; knowing that we can’t even come close to figuring it out by ourselves. If you want someone to keep you accountable with doing some of these things, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Love you guys,