Some of us are so busy that we have a hard time sleeping. We stay up late at night, trying to finish work or do other activities. But there is another type of sleepiness that can creep into our lives: spiritual sleepiness. This is when you’re so tired of life and everything around you that it affects your faith as well. It’s like being too tired to even pray!
Spiritual sleepiness is a lack of spiritual energy. It’s not the same as physical sleepiness, because you can’t just go to the gym and work it out. Spiritual energy is something that comes from God, and we need Him for our spiritual wellness.
Spiritual sleepiness leads to spiritual apathy, which means that you don’t care about God anymore. You may be going through the motions of your faith without truly giving your life to Him or caring about those around you who are hurting or in need of help. This can also lead to spiritual laziness—the belief that “God will take care of me,” so why should I do anything else? Or maybe complacency creeps into your everyday life: You think everything is fine because everything seems fine now (and maybe it was at one time), but neglecting God’s Word leads us down paths where things become less than perfect.
Is Your Faith Stuck in a Rut?
Your faith can become stuck in a rut, just like your car. The same way your car can get stuck in mud or snow with no power, your faith can also get stuck and lack the energy to move forward. The first step is recognizing that you’re stuck. You might be feeling discouraged or frustrated, but then when you look back at the past few months or year of your life, it may be clear that things have been going downhill for awhile and getting worse instead of better.
There are many ways people get spiritually stuck:
- A bad habit (like drinking too much alcohol) causes them to lose interest in their spiritual life because they always feel lousy afterwards; thus they stop investing time into their relationship with God because he doesn’t seem like someone worth spending time on given how badly he made them feel about themselves last week when she had too much wine at dinner so now she feels guilty about missing church this morning.)
Are You Trying to Outperform God?
- Are you trying to outperform God?
- Is it possible that your spiritual gift is the one that gives you the image of yourself as a person who knows the will of God better than He does?
Are You Getting Sucked into the World’s Worries?
When worry becomes a serious problem, we must ask ourselves whether it is simply a matter of being aware of the dangers around us and taking steps to avoid them. Or is worry a form of fear that we cannot do anything about?
The difference between the two types of fear is simple: one type can be controlled (and therefore conquered), while the other cannot. The first type involves actual dangers such as driving too fast, drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes. These things should be avoided because they’re harmful to your health or life in some way; but if you do it anyway, there’s nothing wrong with feeling afraid or guilty afterward.
The second type is different—this kind of fear involves worries about things out of our control such as losing someone close to us or getting fired from work without warning (which rarely happens). These are called irrational fears because they usually don’t happen in real life—they’re just fantasies created by our minds!
Are You Ignoring the Simple Truths of the Gospel?
If you are spiritually sleepy, it means that you are not paying attention to the things in the Bible that are plain and simple. It’s easy for us to be distracted by what our culture thinks is important. We get caught up in worldly things like sports or entertainment and lose sight of the truth of God’s Word.
It’s time for us to stop looking at other people, who have their own problems they’re dealing with. Instead, let’s focus on ourselves and look at what God has done for us through Jesus Christ!
The Lord’s Prayer: A Path Out of Spiritual Slumber
If you’re feeling spiritually sluggish and need some guidance, start the day with The Lord’s Prayer. It’s one of the most well-known Christian prayers—and for good reason! The Lord’s Prayer is a great way to get in touch with your spiritual side while also focusing on what really matters in life.
When you wake up in the morning, recite the words “Our Father who art in heaven.” Then say “Hallowed be Thy name.” After that comes “Thy kingdom come,” which means that God should be glorified throughout all creation and people should live according to his law. You can finish off by saying: “Give us this day our daily bread” (or, if you’re feeling ambitious: “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”). Then all that remains is remembering how much God loves you—and asking him for forgiveness for anything bad that happened yesterday or today.
The Lord’s Prayer works well at bedtime too! Instead of focusing on worldly things like food and clothes, think about what truly matters: getting closer to God through prayer and worshiping him instead of chasing after earthly pursuits without stopping long enough to appreciate them properly!
Some people are spiritually sleepy.
Some people are spiritually sleepy.
If you feel like you’re spiritually sleepy, that is to say: if you have a sense that there is more to life than what meets the eye, then this article is for you. If you are not one of these people and think spiritual sleepiness is nonsense, please skip ahead—we don’t want to waste your time reading something that doesn’t apply to you.
Spiritual sleepiness is different from physical fatigue in that it causes us to feel passive rather than active—as though we aren’t doing anything wrong or bad but we still need help waking up and seeing reality as it truly exists. It can lead us into spiritual death (or worse), which means missing out on good things in life because they weren’t exciting enough for our lazy minds; or apathy toward God’s will regardless of how much we want it; or complacency with our current status quo because we think things will work out somehow without any effort on our part; laziness at learning new things that would improve us as people and make us more effective members of society…and so on!
By recognizing the signs of spiritual sleepiness, you can begin to seek God’s help in waking up from it. Prayer, reading Scripture and singing hymns are all ways to do this, but sometimes simply making a change in your daily routine may be enough to bring awareness back into your life.