“I want to be a vibrant christian,I will make sure I wake up early to pray tomorrow”, says Miss A.
“I want to increase the amount of time I spend praying and studying God’s word”,says Mr B.
However,both Miss A and Mr B notice they are too weak to do all these.
What are the current causes of spiritual weariness?
What are those things that make you too tired to do things of the Spirit? You want to grow in the things of God but your body is not just co-operating with your spirit.Why?
CURRENT CAUSES OF SPIRITUAL WEARINESS
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Gal 6:7(NIV)
Stop being deceived; God is not to be ridiculed. A person harvests whatever he plants.(ISV)
How can you invest hours on things that satisfy your flesh and you want to reap spiritual virtues?
You can’t spend 3hours on vanities in front of TV/laptop or on your phone before you sleep and you will wake up the following morning with fresh vigour to pray! Prayer will definitely become a burden.Don’t be deceived.
So I am going to highlight some current practices that draw much energy from Christians especially the youth.
One weapon the producers of soap operas use to make you addicted to the soap is a well crafted suspense.Every day you want to know what happens next.
Listen: Christians that are consistent with soap operas will know in their hearts that there is a heavy weariness in their hearts when they wake up to pray at night or early in the morning especially if they watch the soap before sleeping.
You might have noticed,that it is the characters in the soap operas that come to your mind when you wake up and before you know it,you find it difficult to pray.You end up saying a one-minute faithless prayer that does not even get to the ceiling above you!
Many Christians are into these bad habits!These bad habits make you feel guilty and dirty in your mind.Because of this guilt feeling you find it difficult to pray.You spend hours surfing the internet in the night to please yourself and having satisfied yourself you sleep off.When you wake up,spiritual activities become burden to you.
Many ladies/women are into prostitution for different reasons.
These days,it is not only women that stay in brothels that are prostitutes.When you call yourself a christian sister and more than 5 men in the church have slept with you,then who are you?
Do you know many ‘christian’ youths/men even visit brothels?
So both the women and men that indulge in this will find out they don’t have peace of God in there hearts.They wake up feeling sad,tired and depressed.Hence they can’t pray.
When you get yourself involved in these,your mind will always be where your treasures are.When you are involved ,if you will be sincere with yourself,your prayer life will surely nosedive.You cannot serve two masters at the same time.
Hahahaha…don’t mind the name.
Be careful after winning a spiritual battle.
Elijah won a battle on Mount Carmel and Jezebel sent a threat message to him.He ran for his life.He became very tired and depressed.
Many times as christians,your spiritual weariness is not because you are involved in all the previous points or you have any hidden sin.It might be that you have just fought a serious battle with the devil and won but you became tired as a result of the fight.
So after giving your testimony in church,watch out!
It is now time to refire not to retire.
Pls note that fasting is not only abstinence from food.
Real fasting involves abstinence from whatever is becoming a small god in your life or something you cannot do without.
So whatever fits into this in your life that is making you to be weary,abstain from it.It gradually loses its hold on you.But unlike food,your intention is for you not to go back into it.
Make sure 30mins to 1 hour before you sleep every night,you abstain from things that can pollute your mind.Shift your attention to your Creator.With this,your sensitivity to the things of the Spirit increases.You can hear God clearly,God can then reveal mysteries to you in your dream and most importantly you wake up lighter not wearied.Prayer will not be a burden.
3)Focus on God First in the morning:
I have noticed personally that when I wake up in the morning and focus first on the challenges of yesterday and many responsibilites/engagements of the day,I find it difficult to stay long in the place of prayer/bible study.
I have since devised a solution: Focus on God first!
Not yesterday’s uncompleted task,not your phone whatsapp messages,not today’s several meetings.God first!
4)Repent of your hidden sins:
Devil does not need to steal anything from you,if he can succeed to make you take what you have for granted.
He is after your soul,and he knows if you can just take your soul for granted by allowing hidden sins in it,he can get you.Guard your heart with all diligence.
If you are still involved in pornography,fornication,masturbation,prostitution or any sin that you know easily besets you,repent today and become a firebrand christian once again.
…Throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles(easily trips us up)-Heb 12:1
Stay blessed and rapturable.