Over the last two weeks several people have come to me about a “dip” they are experiencing in their faith. Surely we all experience times where the Word of God is not as rich, our prayer life feels cold and distant, and ministry feels more like a chore than a delight. People wonder where to turn, and I only have one unfailing answer that I turn back to again and again: the Word of God.
Scripture is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12), and this is so because this book was breathed out by God (2 Tim 3:16) and written by men who were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). If we are feeling spiritually dry the solution is not to avoid our Bibles and to forego prayer until we feel more spiritual. These are the means by which we are revived in our faith, and thus while we may not feel a great desire to engage in Word and prayer, they are the only means for our transformation, for it is through these means that the Spirit works.
This also applies to ministry, as we are called to prayerfully speak a word from Scripture to people, begging God to use that word so that it might bear fruit in their lives by the power of the Spirit. This goes for both public and private proclamation. May we never forget that the Word of God is our sweet and solid foundation, the means by which God changes individual lives, churches, cities, nations, and the world.