Ever struggle with quiet time and need some encouragement? I am no Barnabas, but I will give it a shot.
First, we all have those seasons in life.
Second, our failures tend to make us feel guilty which leads to more failures because we are too ashamed/guilty to go before our Father, confess it, repent, and get back on the wagon.
Third, this is a tool of the devil. Devil means deceiver and he loves to deceive us into unnecessary guilt to keep us down. He is Satan, the accuser. He has no standing in heaven to accuse us to the Father so he will accuse us to others or accuse us to ourselves. “Such a pathetic loser; are you even saved; do you think God could love a failure like you?” Those kinds of things.
Fourth, Jesus loves us all more than we can love him. He said he would never leave us nor forsake us, not the other way around. We leave and forsake regularly. (Not that it is a good thing, but it is true).
Fifth, there is healing in confession. Confess your sins one to another, and ask, plead if necessary, for them to pray for you, and healing (spiritual healing counts) will come.
Sixth, make a plan. Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Do you need daily accountability for a while? Get someone who can do that. Do you need a suggestion on what to study? Ask your pastor; I’m sure he will have lots. Plan it out. What time are you going to set aside as “unto the Lord”? Consider it a meeting with the Boss that you can’t double book. Or a more Christian way of saying it, consider it sacred time that you don’t want to miss.
Seventh, sometimes (many times?) it may not be as good as you’d like it. That’s ok. Not every conversation with the wife is as exciting as Avengers, but that’s ok. Don’t let a few, “I’m not getting anything out of this” days keep you from persevering. The question is, do you want it bad enough? God may be testing you to see if you do.
Eighth, journal, blog, write a note when something does strike you. When there are those “ah ha” moments stop and ponder, meditate, and write out your thoughts. It’s easy to pass by those moments and then at the end think you got nothing out of it. Write them down to remind yourself that you did get something out of it. Then keep that with you and skim it/meditate on it for the rest of the day.
Just some thoughts. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable–if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise–dwell on these things, (Phil 4:8, HCSB)