How many times have we experienced moments when we are “on fire for God” then a few days later it feels “dry”. How many times have we heard about how we need to be in a constant relationship with God but still find ourselves far from him.
The question you need to ask yourself is that, do you truly want to know the Lord? Are you truly hungry and thirsty for his word or it has become a meaningless prayer that we just say because it sounds nice to us but we don’t mean it.
As Christians, we know the importance of remaining in God’s word but still we find it difficult. Why is that and how can we change that? We are promised in James 4:8 that, As we draw near to God he will draw near to us. God loves us and he wants to have a deeper relationship with us.
Why is that?
- We live in a dark world and if we don’t expose ourselves to light we tend to allow darkness to rule in our lives. “Your word is a lamb on to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105)”
- We have wealth or we are searching for success. We live in a country that is well developed, although we face difficulties, we have food, shelter and sometimes we don’t see the need for God. Or we are striving to be successful that we just forget about God. This leads on to point 3.
- Social media has become our master. Many people can easily scroll through Facebook or Instagram or other social media platforms whenever we are bored for hours but find it difficult to pray or to spend time in the word. Social media has become our idol and it is really dangerous. “You shall have no other God’s before me. You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything (Exodus 20:3).
- We have just lost interest in the word and we don’t pray. As sad as that sounds, it is true. We are constantly looking for events, miracles, signs and wonders but are not willing to spend time alone with God. “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your father who is in heaven (Matthew 6:1).
How can we change that?
- Understanding the need for God in our daily lives. One of my favorite scripture in describing our need for God is Psalm 42:1-3 “As a deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for you….” This clear picture of a deer panting for water is the same way we should approach our relationship with God. Firstly by recognising our need for him, “thirst or hunger” and doing something about it “panting, hunting, drinking” and treating it as a priority. But most importantly recognising that without the water the deer will die. It is simple without God, we are dead man living.
- Turn your environment into an inviting place for the presence of God to come in. In the Old Testament, the presence of God was available in the temple, “holy place” however now our bodies have become the temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. Therefore we should surround ourselves with what is Godly. Changing our environment to allow the presence of God to dwell and this cane be achieved in practical ways, music, art, tv programmes e.t.c. That glorifies God. A lot of research has shown the impact that our environment has on our character. If we are constantly surrounding ourselves with sin we tend to start acting in a similar way. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners (Psalms 1)”
- Make it a habit. The same way you know that when you wake up you need to get dressed and take a shower is the same way prayer and studying the word should be like. It should become second nature not a chore for us to spend time with God. This can be done by setting aside a time each day of spending time with God, praying as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and when you go to bed at night.
Let us all encourage one another to spend time in the word of God. In a world that is falling Christ is our ONLY hope and our FRIEND in time of need. I hope this helps!!