I don’t know about you, but I can get in a slump in my walk with God. My Bible reading is no longer exciting as it once was. My prayer life gets cold and repetitive. My desire to spend time with God starts to take a nose dive. It’s at times like this that I find myself rushing through or skipping my quiet time altogether.
When this begins to happen, I know it is time for a change. It is time to reignite my walk with God. Here are ten things I have done in the past that have really helped me get out of a rut spiritually. I hope they can help you.
#1 – Start or restart a daily Bible reading plan.
Every year I begin – as most of us d0 – with great plan for the new year. I begin a Bible reading plan, but by summer I have grown tired of the plan. I start getting behind and want to throw in the towel. I get discouraged sometimes, because I am torn between finishing the plan and wanting to get something out of my daily time with God. So, when this happens, I change my plan. I call an audible, because God is more concerned with relationship than my spiritual accomplishments. This year I stopped a reading plan in September and started a slow read through some books of the Bible that struck me earlier this year. It ended up being the best thing for my walk with God.
#2 – Start journaling.
This has been a tough one for me. However, the discipline of writing down my prayers, thoughts and struggles has been good. It is good to get out on paper and good to look back on and read how God has worked. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to journal everyday. Just make sure you do it at least once a week. I usually journal 4-5 times a week. That’s just me.
#3 – Put away all technology and distractions.
This means getting in a room with no screens on or phones present. I know for some of you that may be how you view the apocalypse beginning, but I promise you it will not kill you. It will not even usher in the rise of the Anti-Christ. Instead, it will clear your mind and give you time to spend with God. It has helped me numerous time. I’ve even taken a day or two without a phone.
#4 – Start making worship a more regular part of your life. Not just when it’s convenient.
I know. I am a pastor and I attend worship every week. However, I was a Christian before I got paid to be at church. When I was in college (Bible college at that), I didn’t attend church every Sunday. I thought I was too busy. As a result my walk with God got cold. After getting back into the weekly groove of church, my passion for God was reignited. There is something about the consistency of weekly worship with God’s people.
#5 – Get involved in a small group Bible study.
I am currently part of two Bible studies. These groups are anchors for me. I get to lead one and learn in one. This is so good for me. They remind me to keep my walk fresh and move forward with God.
#6 – Change your daily Bible reading.
This is very closely related to #1, but sometimes you need to read more and sometimes less. Don’t let a plan dictate where you need to be on any given day. Let the Holy Spirit guide you.
#7 – Pick up a new daily devotional.
A daily devotional has been a very useful tool for me. My go to devotional is “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers. Yet, there are many great devotionals out there that will challenge your heart and mind. However, let me encourage and caution you on devotional selection. Make sure that you get a devotional that points back to God’s Word. A devotion that just has a story or has the writer speaking as if they are God are bad choices. I would recommend the above devotion along with the following…
- Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning & Evening”
- J. Sidlow Baxter’s “Awake My Heart”
- Lettie Cowman’s “Streams in the Desert”
All of these have been staples in my walk with God over the years.
# 8 – Memorize or at least meditate on a scripture verse each week.
I have written down many verses on a index card and put it in my car or pocket just to have to read whenever I am out and about. You don’t have to memorize it. The main thing is to meditate on it and let it get in your head and heart. That is when God’s word starts to have it’s way with us.
# 9 – Meet with a friend weekly to talk about your walk with God.
This has been the most powerful time of my week for years. It hasn’t always been the same friend, but it has always been good. There is something about sitting down, eating a meal and talk about what God is doing in our lives. It stirs us up. It reinvigorates our desire to worship and serve the Lord. If you aren’t meeting with a friend weekly, do it. Also, for you moms out there, you can do this over the phone as well. You don’t have to hire a sitter and flip your world upside down. You just have to be intentional.
#10 – Whatever you do, do it consistently.
Inconsistency breads apathy. If you are inconsistent in what you do, you will find yourself back in a rut. There is beauty in consistency. God does it everyday as He brings the sun up and the world to life.
I hope these are a help to you. You don’t have to stay in that rut. Your walk with God can be so much more than it is today. So, let’s get to it.