Feeling spiritually depleted and hollow? Struggling with persistent sin? Experiencing another setback? Struggling to fellowship and connect with God through prayer, Bible reading, and church attendance?
To achieve guaranteed results, follow these simple yet powerful steps:
1. Embrace God’s love. Understand that He isn’t against you but wants to help, even if the process may be difficult. Just like the doctor, he may use a painful injection or sharp surgical knife to save your life. So, embrace God’s love, and His loving rebuke.
2. Face what you’ve been avoiding. Read the Bible daily, no matter how you feel. Make it a consistent habit. Read the word even when it seems to not make sense, when you don’t feel to read, and even when you feel attacked (or convicted) by the Word!
3. Pray daily, genuinely pouring out your heart to God. Speak your truth, even when you feel like He’s far or absent. Pray, knowing that God always listens.
4. Attend church services regularly, fellowship. Go even when you feel like an outsider, the sermon seems directed at you, or doesn’t seem to be helpful. Engaging in fellowship with your fellow believers should not be forsaken.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
This medication will eventually work. The disease of sin and the symptoms of withdrawal will soon fade. Keep doing the basics, until your wholeness appears.
Let Us Pray
The Heart’s Silent Cry For Fellowship
Oh Sovereign Lord, it is with a heavy heart that I come before You. My spirit longs for the intimacy, and closeness that once marked our fellowship, but I find myself stumbling, struggling to draw near.
I miss the days when Your voice was clear to me, when Your presence was a palpable comfort, and when our communion was seamless. Now, Lord, it seems as though a chasm stands between us, making it challenging to bridge the gap.
I recognize that it is not You who has moved, Lord, but I. Maybe it’s the busyness of life, the weight of sin, doubts, fears, or worldly distractions that have created this distance.
But here I am, desperate to fellowship, and longing to be close to You once more. I yearn to be in a space where my heart is aligned with Yours, where every beat resonates with Your divine love.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Psalm 42:1-2 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Confession And Cleansing
Heavenly Father, I realize that one of the barriers that might be preventing our close fellowship could be unconfessed sin in my life. I lay bare my heart before You now, confessing my transgressions, my shortcomings, and my failures, my lack of fellowship.
Cleanse me, O Lord, from the stain of sin and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Let me not harbor anything that may hinder our communion.
You know the recesses of my heart, oh Lord. Shine Your light there, expose any hidden iniquity, and help me to turn away from them.
By the blood of Jesus, I seek forgiveness and restoration. May the cross be a constant reminder of the lengths You went to ensure that I can always have fellowship with You.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Breaking Down Barriers
Abba Father, at times, it feels like there are walls, invisible yet substantial, that block my path to You. Whether they are walls of doubt, fear, pain, or distraction, I pray for the strength to tear them down.
I do not want anything to stand in the way of our relationship. Equip me with the tools of faith, perseverance, and an undying love for You.
Lord, help me discern the sources of these barriers. If they are born out of hurt or misunderstanding, bring healing and clarity to my heart.
If they are borne from distractions or worldly allurements, grant me the wisdom to prioritize You above all else. I long to be in unbroken communion with You, undeterred by any obstacle.
Isaiah 57:14 And it will be said, ‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.’
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Rekindling The Passion
Most Merciful Father, I remember the days when my spirit was aflame with passion for You, when every moment was an opportunity to connect, to worship, to meditate on Your word. I long to return to that place of fervent devotion.
Kindle in me, once more, the fire that yearns for Your presence, that desires nothing more than to be in sweet fellowship with You.
Empower me to structure my life in a way that centers around You. Whether it’s through dedicated times of prayer, study of Your Word, or worship, guide me into practices that draw me closer to You.
Let my soul be attuned to Your voice, always eager to hear from You, always ready to respond. When I feel discouraged, Oh Lord, be my pillar of strength. Draw me to You till I come where you want me to be. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.