How to Get Over a Spiritual Slump
Do you ever go to sleep at night and feel too tired to pray? You say to yourself, “I’ll pray and read my Bible first thing in the morning.” Then morning comes around and your stomach is grumbling so you jump out of bed to make breakfast. You’re too hungry to pray. Then you have school or work and are too busy to pray. It’s night time again and you’re way too tired to pray. Days go by of the same routine and you find yourself not opening your Bible for the whole week. Believe me, this has happened more times than I’d like to admit. How do you get out of a spiritual slump? Here are my five tips!
- Go outside. God’s glory and creation is so beautifully shown through the trees, sunsets, birds, and people He’s created. Psalm 19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” I feel a sense of gratitude and amazement as I see all that God has created and realize He created me exactly how He envisioned.
- Read your Bible. Okay so I get that the point of these tips is to help you when you’re in a season of not opening your Bible or praying but seriously, as Nike would say, just do it. The times where I did NOT want to read my Bible were the times God has spoken to me the most and the clearest. I recommend reading a Psalm since they tend to be shorter (except chapter 119 LOL) and easier to read than other books. Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” The more you read, the deeper you grow, and then more faith is produced!
- Ask God to send you love notes. My friends and I are obsessed with love notes and get very giddy whenever we receive one. A love note from God is like Him answering a prayer. It feels like a hug from God! He’ll send love notes in different ways through His word, people, or random things that can come up in an ordinary day. Here’s an example: say you were struggling to read your Bible and weren’t very strong in your faith. You decided to read the verse of the day on the Bible app and it was Matthew 17:20. Then, that same week, the sermon at church was all about Matthew 17:20 and how it can be hard to read your Bible, but don’t lose faith. It’s like God speaking directly to you! The most amazing love note I’ve ever received coincided with the verse, “and we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose.” I will definitely write a post devoted to that story soon!
- Set aside ten minutes in your day to pray. Maybe these ten minutes take place in your car, in the comfort of your room, or in the bathroom at school. Wherever you may be, turn off the distractions, close your eyes, and find peace in the Lord. Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” We don’t even need to worry about what to pray for because the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us already knows! The feeling of peace from God that surpasses all human understanding will be so indescribable that those ten minutes will surely grow and you’ll find yourself with an urge to spend time with God.
- My last tip is to not go through this dry season alone. Have someone you can rely on to keep you accountable. This type of person for me would be a youth leader at my church or my best friends that I go to church and bible study with. The power of prayer is real and if you share what you’re going through, this accountability friend will be more than willing to pray for and with you! Try to see this person at least once a week, such as for lunch and definitely stay connected through text or phone calls. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
I hope you found these helpful and if you ever have questions or want to talk, DM me on instagram: @balancedbryana 🙂