The Spiritual Blahs

Lea noticed that for some weeks she had felt spiritually dry. When she tried to pray, she was unable to focus and to pray sincerely. She couldn't seem to hear God or to concentrate when she read Scripture. It was a case of spiritual blahs.

Even her family noticed a change. One evening her son asked, "Have you been having shorter devotions recently? You seem to be in a bad mood a lot lately." She said nothing, but thought, You're the one in a bad mood.

Then she heard someone at church say, "I felt God was far away, but when I sought Him, I found He had not moved. I had."

Lea realized that her devotions had been short-changed. A neglect to pray appeared unimportant. How could she expect to be confident her prayers were being heard when she easily skipped prayer or prayed with no eager desire for His answer? When she read Scripture, perhaps it wasn't so much that He was not speaking but that she was not listening.

Lea was tired of this spiritual dryness. She remembered hearing that when a lamb falls and is on its back, it cannot get up by itself. The shepherd must lift up the lamb. So Lea began praying throughout her day, "Help me to be a listener to You, dear Lord. Help me to regain my fervor for disciplined prayer."

She began once again to remember to give God a sacrifice of praise, to be able to come boldly to the Throne of grace, and to come to His Word expectantly.

"Thank You, dear Father, for hearing our faintest cries and rescuing us."

"The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37 NKJV).