Have you ever felt that your relationship with God has plateaued? You find yourself reading your Bible just to check it off the list.
You go to church because you know it’s the right thing to do.
Your prayers are stale and quick.
Losing your spark for the Lord can happen:
– when we become too comfy and take too much for granted.
– when we begin to expect that life will carry on as usual.
– when we just go through the motions of serving.
– when we stop praising God for who He is and what He’s done in our lives.
We can break this cycle and take our relationship with God to the next level. We don’t have to stay stuck.
When you lose sight of all the amazing things that God does for you, you begin to be more critical and negative about things around you. You can’t see the silver lining in any given situation. The pastor preaches too long, too fast, or too slow. Someone sat in your pew on Sunday morning or the Sunday school teacher was late to your kids class making you late for yours. And on and on the scenarios go. We fall into this habit of always complaining about things. Minor infractions that end up stealing our joy.
I know for myself after years of reading my Bible and going to church things began to feel stale. Life was good, I was married to my high school sweetheart and loved attending our church. But I got to the point of asking myself, “there has got to be more to the Christian walk that I’m missing out on.” Some people were truly happy deep down and so in love with God while serving in their older age while others were grumpy and frazzled while trudging along and no longer serving in a ministry.
What was I missing? What were the others missing?
You can see others who seem to be so alive and joyful in their love for the Lord in their every day life. There appears to be a deeper passion and connection to the Lord. Can you relate? You want that type of relationship but how do you get there?
Now, there is a time when you just have to get through the day during busy seasons. When the only thing you can muster up is reading a chapter of the Bible as you nurse the baby or you are in survival mode with illness or whatever you having going on in life. That’s okay but it shouldn’t be all that we do for years and years on end.
This is when we begin to plateau.
Take Your Relationship with God to the Next Level
Whether life is going well for you or you’re struggling you can choose to be thankful.
Choosing to be thankful in all areas of your life is the key to a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Then, take your gratitude and praise God in your prayer life.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4
Taking the time first and foremost in your prayer is what will propel you forward in your relationship.
Taking our eyes off ourselves and putting them on the amazing attributes of God and all the wonderful works He has done in our lives changes us from the inside out.
It changes how we see God and we begin to see more clearly all the ways He provides and protects us in our everyday life.
Things that you may have missed before because you were so accustomed to them, you now see them as the blessings that they really are.
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
When you choose gratitude, when you make praise a habit first and foremost in your prayer life then you will soon find that as you become more of everyday blessings around you that you will be thanking God right then and there for those things.
Your relationship is then at the next step. You’ve moved past that stale, plateaued state. You’re enjoying a deeper relationship with God as a result.
Your turn? Have you every felt like your relationship with God has become stale? How did you overcome that and move towards a deeper relationship with Him?
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