3 Ways to Fight Spiritual Fatigue
Have you ever felt your spirit growing weary? Could God just move right now?
Have there been moments in your spiritual walk where you felt tired or like you've just hit a wall -- a plateau?
You've been praying, studying, worshipping, and nothing seems to be changing. Friend, we are all bound to come across spiritual fatigue but I want to remind you of Isaiah 40:31:
those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength..they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint!
The definition of fatigue is the extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness. So when I think about spiritual fatigue, I ask myself why am I feeling so tired or overwhelmed and many times is from me over exerting myself. Did you catch that? ME .... Many times in our faith walk it can be so easy to start out depending and trusting God and then over time, we start to attempt to control things or make things happen in our lives. Have you been there?
Can't you see how this self-inflicted fatigue continues to get worse? Well, today I want to share with you 3 easy ways you can overcome this fatigue and continue to grow in your faith walk.
1 | Wait well
You simply have to follow what the scripture says - WAIT (Isaiah 40:31) I get it, waiting isn't always easy! I know! But what would your life look like if you learned to be still and wait on God instead of chasing the "busy" of the world. God intended for you to abide in Him and dwell in Him -- nothing about abiding or dwelling screams pressure, stagnation, or tiredness. He wants us to learn to wait well trusting Him completely and viewing those periods as opportunities to draw closer to Him. And as you read, study, and mediate on God's word, you will learn to stop relying on yourself and begin to allow God to renew your spirit. So instead of exerting yourself in your daily cares, simply stay in the presence of God and wait and trust Him for the details.
2 | stay prayed up
I'm probably imagining that you're wondering -- how do I wait well? To answer your question, stay prayed up. God didn't tell us to pray without ceasing for no reason (1 Thessalonians 5:17). After you've renewed yourself in His word, now you have to pray circles around His word. When you're coming from a place of lack or depletion, it's pretty hard to withstand things that may come your way and that's exactly where the enemy wants you. Being mentally or spiritually fatigued allows him the space to fill your mind with all kinds of lies and negativity which only makes things worse. So that's when you have to hit your knees and pray truth over your life, circling everything and speaking truth into the atmosphere. The more you pray circles the more your faith increases. And friend when your faith increases so does your hope -- hope in the Lord that will help strengthen you and help your to persevere.
3 | Switch up your QT with God routine
If you're in the middle of spiritual fatigue, you've probably have gotten pretty comfortable with your routine with God. Have you been reading the same scriptures over and over again? Are you meeting with God in the same place and time? Or is your quality time with God in isolation -- no accountability? Maybe it's time to switch things up a bit! Try a different place, time, maybe setup a weekly QT with Jesus coffee date with a friend or faith bestie. You can simply ask God what He wants you to change and even ask Him for a new hunger or thirst for His word. You have to disrupt your comfort if you want to see change and experience God fully.
If you've enjoyed these tips, I want to encourage you to check out the Faith Journey Toolkit, a jam packed resource that will strengthen and encourage you along your journey.