When My Heart Feels Nothing

Will you not revive us again: that Your people may rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6

I’ve known periods when I couldn’t seem to hear God’s voice. Pain and discouragement veiled His voice.  He was there but I couldn’t sense Him.  He was guiding me, but I couldn’t discern the guidance.  It was a spiritual battle to just believe that I wasn’t alone. 

I’ve also known periods where God seemed very much engaged with me.  So much of what I read impacted me like electricity to my spirit.  Answers to prayer came in quick succession.  My pen couldn’t seem to capture the litany of things I was being taught by God.  I lived on a mountaintop and journal entries read with the intensity of someone in love.

But most of life is lived some place in the middle – in between being fully alive and partially dulled.  There are inspiring moments but mostly, days require spiritual discipline to walk faithfully.  It can be confusing.  You’d be hard pressed to describe what is wrong.  It’s a nagging malaise and you’d give anything just to feel something again.

What precipitates a journey into numbness?  The crash after a mountaintop.  The day after a victorious battle.  The period following prolonged stress.   A season during which multiple changes are occurring.  The flesh is tired.  The heart is spent.  Only God knows how to restore and revive.

If you are there today, let me write a prayer using today’s scripture as a springboard.  This is the beginning of healing. 

“Revive me, Lord!  I’m bringing my lifeless heart to you.  Something has dulled it.  I don’t know myself well enough to even diagnose why I’m in this condition.  All I know is ~ I want to want You again.  I want to be thrilled by Your voice.  I want to be alive to Your Word.  Give life to my lifeless heart.  In Jesus name, Amen”

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