She shakes her head and looks up from her prayer journal, giggling over words about rattling, ol’ dry bones.
“I don’t get it, Mommy,” she says. “I don’t get how this works.”
And I’m like my five-year-old daughter: I don’t entirely understand how it works either, but I know that it does. I don’t get the mechanics of it, but I feel it in the marrow. God breathes life into these dry bones through His very Word.
I know that this is the cure for spiritual dryness.
“Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” — Ezekiel 37:4-5
Daily, we open His Word. We don’t make it complicated. We aren’t monks. We don’t even always understand it all. And we’re OK with that, for we love the mystery and we welcome the questions. Daily, we dine on these Words, and they bring life to these dry bones when the joy and peace has drained.
Has it been a while since you’ve opened His Word? Does it seem overwhelming to begin again — or to begin for the first time? It doesn’t have to be. Try these simple steps to curing spiritual dryness.
1. Find a special spot in your house where you can place a “prayer basket” filled with your Bible, notebook, prayer journal, pens, highlighters and bookmarks. Enjoy the ceremony of sitting in your prayer chair by lighting a candle. Make it extra-special. You are communing with very God!
2. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide your reading and to help you understand the passages. We don’t need to be intimidated by study. God will help us make sense of it. His Spirit is in us. According to Paul’s writings, part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to help us understand the word of God.
“We have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
who is from God, that we may UNDERSTAND what God has freely given us!” — 1 Corinthians 2:12
3. Take just a few passages at a time. Underline the ones that speak to you most. My Bible is highlighted and marked up with words and promises and reminders. I call my Bible a “holy mess.”
4. When you’ve finished your study, find opportunity to meditate on the verses all day long. You may find that the verses you’ve read are the very thing you needed to get you through your day. You may well see His very Word at work in your daily life.
5. Consider finding an online reading plan for Lent. Bible Gateway, ( www.biblegateway.com ) has one you can find by clicking here.
Let’s COME ALIVE together this Lenten season.
This season of Lent, how are you coming alive?
What is your cure for spiritual dryness?
Share your ideas in the comment box.