Prayer Thought: Dry Cisterns
What do we do when our spiritual life gets stagnant? Maybe, at some point in the last year and a half, you have experienced a dry spell in your relationship with the Lord. Maybe in your times spent with others. Or maybe just in life in general. I know I have. And we’ve all heard the spiritual clichés like “Fake it till you make it!” Or “Keep reading and praying even if you don’t want to or don’t experience anything. You’re bound to get a breakthrough at some point!” As well intentioned as these are, what if the breakthrough doesn’t come in a fairly timely fashion or at all for that matter? What then? My answer may sound very familiar. In fact, it may sound like one of the clichés I just got done refuting! But this one is a biblical mandate that I believe can quench our dry hearts. Read what Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-9. I really appreciate the HCSB translation here:
“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
This passage is certainly not just for salvation. It’s also for sanctification. When we come before the Lord in prayer, we humbly submit to HIS sovereign plan. We also realize the incredible need of dependency we have for Him to carry us through each day. Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking. Don’t you dare give up, He says. It’s worth it to stick it out with me even when your soul seems parched, even when work is hard, even when parts of life don’t make sense. The command to do these three things is immensely life-giving when we take them serious and put them practically into practice.
At least 3 times this week spend the first 5-7 minutes of your prayer time asking, seeking, and knocking. Maybe there’s a particular decision that has plagued you for a while. Maybe there are things in your life that need to be confessed. Or maybe you just need to spend some time allowing yourself to be drenched with the beautiful grace a mercy of God. Ask Him for these things. He will answer! He will do it!
Clayton J. Elliott, Kontaktmission USA
Director of Pastoral Ministries and Prayer