How to Combat Spiritual Dryness“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

The Christian life is meant to be one of reliance upon God, where the life of His Spirit continually flows in and through us.

However we do not always remain intimately connected to Him. As a result we experience times of spiritual dryness. [1]


7 Ways to Combat Spiritual Dryness

If you recognise signs of spiritual dryness in your life, following are some ideas to help you recover:

1. Break the Blame Cycle

When we are working hard, serving or ministering in some capacity, it is easy to lay blame for our dryness outside of us.

We may place responsibility for our depletion upon our busyness, our circumstances, or on other people.

However, as long as we are waiting for our situation or other people to change, we are disempowering ourselves.

Know that you can do something about spiritual dryness—it is time to take ownership of your spiritual condition and your relationship with God.

2. Recognise Your Deepest Need

‘I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit…’ Isaiah 44:3

According to scripture, the answer to spiritual dryness is intimacy with God and a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. Our need is for God Himself.

However, when spiritual dryness is related to Christian service or busy-ness, we often focus on external points of need:

  • ‘I need a break’
  • ‘I need help’
  • ‘I need a change of responsibilities’

These needs may be genuine—and we should make definite plans to meet them. However, we should never ignore the real, underlying need:

‘I need to reconnect with God and be re-filled with His Spirit.’

3. Stop Deferring

A common response to spiritual dryness is to look beyond our present circumstances to some future time when we will have the space and opportunity to be refreshed.

This is the ‘I am waiting for…’ mindset:

  • I am waiting for this busy season to be over—and then I will have time to spend with God
  • I am waiting for assistance from another person

Let’s face it—circumstances may not change immediately. By continuing to put our spiritual needs on hold, we face the danger of moving from dryness to burnout.

Take action now. If you do not have a day, take an hour. If you do not have an hour, find a moment with God.

Sometimes, a moment is all it takes.

4. Reconnect with God

Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)

We need to do whatever it takes to get into a place where we encounter God. David spoke of this search in the Psalms:

‘As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?’ (Psalm 42:1-2)

For inspiration, recall previous times you have felt close to God or encountered Him in a significant way.

Acknowledge and repent of any areas of sin that the Holy Spirit brings to mind.

Recognise that you have a unique way of connecting with God. It may be through worship, or solitude, reflecting on Scripture, spending time with on-fire Christians, or taking time in the Great Outdoors. [2]

5. Ask God to Re-fill you

The best prayers are the simplest ones, such as

‘Father, fill me afresh with Your Spirit.’

In the book of Acts, when faced with persecution, the church knew that their greatest need was not for circumstances to change. It was for a fresh empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

In answer to their prayer, the Holy Spirit fell upon them and they were given boldness to speak, and power to serve God. (Acts 4:23-34)

6. Review and Re-Focus

Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing. No more, and no less. (John 5:19)

There were needs that He did not meet, because it was not in the Father’s timing or purpose for Him to do so.

Some traps we can fall into include believing that:

  • Our role or ministry is indispensible
  • No one else can do a job as well as we can
  • Our work must always be done perfectly or at our own high standard (perfectionism)

Excellence honours God—but should never become more important than God.

If you can relate to this, I encourage you to review the story of Mary and Martha. [3]

7. Receive the Support of Others

In an extreme case of dryness, we need the help and support of others.

This may include:

  • Being honest
  • Asking for prayer
  • Receiving assistance

In God’s Kingdom, this is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.

Your courage to align your life with God’s priorities will inspire others to do the same.


Notes:

See my earlier article, 7 Signs of Spiritual Dryness

[1] In this article I am specifically discussing spiritual depletion. However emotional, mental and physical fatigue can also occur, requiring additional needs to be met.

[2] For more thoughts on this, see

How To Discover Your Spiritual Pathway

Does Your Devotional Life Need Resuscitating?

How Using Your Learning Style Can Revitalise Your Bible Study

[3] I wrote an article about Mary and Martha here: The Most Important Decision You Can Make: 4 traps To Avoid in your Service for God


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

38 thoughts on “7 Ways To Combat Spiritual Dryness”

  1. HOW TO OVERCOME DRYNESS?
    1. Repent of your sins
    2, Identify causes of your dryness
    3. Pray aggressively

    1. Yes my name is Andre and yes I’m having a spiritual dryness and yes I will love to talk with god at this time of my dryness and I love to here from u to up date u on how it go

  2. Thank you so much for this message. It is so timely. I feel like I just took the first step toward getting back to closeness with God. Blessings to you.

      1. My name is Emeka. I’ve been experiencing spiritual dryness. It’s been really traumatic but seeing an article here that sheds more light on it really encouraged me.
        Thanks. You’ve saved a life.

        1. Hi Emeka, I’m praying for you right now, may you know His deep refreshing in your life.

  3. Thank you for these. I’ve been overwhelmed with being a new mom and caring for a toddler at the same time and this has become my reason aka excuse for not pursuing God like I used to. It’s les me into a place of depression as I can’t see anyway out of it. But I will try! Even if it’s just a quick prayer throughout the day “Lord, refill me”. I want more though! I miss re closeness I had when I was unmarried and without children. I don’t know how to get back there.

    1. Hi Leah, just spotted this and sorry I haven’t replied earlier. If you do happen to see this, I understand – have been there, with small children (a long time ago now!) It takes being intentional and finding those little fuel stops along the way. I pray you find the fresh infilling you need.

      1. Yes I got this! I’ve been reconnecting with God in the small moments and have since come to realize the daily struggle of caring for my two babies is refining my character in ways I wasnt seeing before. We are worshiping more at home and I’ve started writing songs again after a really dry season. I’ve learned to turn to God in those hard parenting moments and it has really made a difference. Thank you again for your article and your prayers.

        1. Such a beautiful testimony, Leah!
          I remember those times so well and learning to make most of those little ‘refuelling’ moments. May you flourish like never before and may this season of your life be marked by pure joy.

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