7 Ways 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.


Do you have any more ideas for recovering from spiritual dryness that could help others? Do you have questions or experiences that you would like to share? Leave a comment in the box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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


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38 thoughts on “7 Ways To Combat Spiritual Dryness

  1. Biodun

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

    1. andre

      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. Anna

    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. Emeka

        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. Helen Calder Post author

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

  3. Leah

    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. Helen Calder Post author

      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. Leah

        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. Helen Calder Post author

          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.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Chantel, yes very often that is the case. I have limited the scope of the above article to talk about spiritual dryness, but it is true that physical, mental or emotional dryness can happen at the same time.
      We are body, soul and spirit, each affects the other and each aspect of us, when dry or burnt out, needs special attention.Do whatever it takes to be refreshed in each area.

  4. Bing

    Hi. I am currently experiencing spiritual dryness and this is a good resource and information. I think it is natural to feel dry from time to time, however, I need to do something to overcome this dryness. May we always lean on God and draw ourselves closer to HIM. It may not be easy at times but if we stay on the track no matter how hard it is, God will surely send an instrument to pull us back into HIS arms. My prayer is, may God send HIS grace on us and may we will not cut the rope that connects us to HIM.

  5. Brex

    Hi I’m so blessed to read these teachings in both signs and ways to combat spiritual dryness. I fall into tears when reading these lessons because its true to me right now and for the past few weeks. Thank you so much, this really helps a lot. Godbless :’)

  6. Terri Phillips

    I have been in a relationship for 6 yrs and we lived together for 4 yrs and he took a supposedly temporary job out of state, while out of state he would accuse me of cheating and put me down, the first year together he beat me so bad, but I’ve been living from place to place and he makes great money and we have talked about getting married but when the subject comes up he always has an excuse, we need to be financially stable , he is financially stable but I’m not right now but Lord willing I will soon but I can’t handle the emotional abuse and many things to text I’d write 6 pages , I don’t know what to do, I feel that God is showing me to let him go he’s not good for me but then again I hear pastors say don’t give up but I feel my situation doesn’t pertain to me, I need prayer and advice

    Thank you,
    Terri Phillips

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Terri, praying for you right now, that you will find peace and courage.
      Personally, I do not believe anyone should have to stay in an abusive relationship – find Godly counsel and help that will lead you to an empowered future. <3

  7. Devesh

    Hi my name is Pst Devesh, we have service every day , on Saturday 3x’s on Sunday 2x’s. I also work 6 days a week in a full time job. Sometimes I am so tired physically & mentally. Thanks for the article. I sometimes feel that I am not giving God enough time, I feel like I am spiritually dry. Please guys keep me in prayer. God bless

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hello Pastor Devesh, I am praying you have a personal encounter with God this week.

  8. Joce

    Whoa! Praise God for this. It relates me so much. Thank you so much. This is what I need to do. God bless you!

    1. Joce

      In addition to this, God is really true to His Words… His Name has a power to destroy everything that hinders us to come to God. Let’s continue to fight for our God! Keep the Faith!

  9. Gladys

    I have read two of your articles on the subject of spiritual dryness. It has been quiet useful to me and i will help me to get back to my feet and have my cup refilled. Thank you and the may the Almighty God continue to use you for His glory.

  10. Sharon

    Always following the holy spirit and listen for his voice. When you are obeying God’s voice you are walking in his righteousness & peace. Stay close and be blessed by the best. Jesus is his name. Amen

  11. Janelle

    I have been spiritually dry for years after becoming sick and disabled with autoimmune diseases. The pain medication effects my ability to read the Word, pray and remember. I fall asleep easily during prayer and then wake up only to try again. This struggle has been going on since 1998, and it has caused my walk to suffer greatly, and at times, I’ve given up and not pursued the Lord for days. I’m ashamed and realize I’ve hurt him and taken advantage of His Grace, I believed, because I was sick, He would understand. Since I’ve done this and can’t seem to reach Him, my fear is I’ve lost my salvation and can’t get it back. I’ve repented and repeatedly asked God to fill me. I try to pray for others, but my prayers are lifeless. I’ve gone to a healing room trying to rectify my dryness. Still, I have not broke through, at least in ways I think, one would. My walk has not always been this way, I use to be filled with his power and my prayers were answered quickly, God was everything to me for many years. I’ve recieved many miracles in my family and myself in healing, fiancés, and ministry. But since I became ill, I have struggled. My health is getting worse and my fear is growing. I don’t understand why God does not fill me with His annoiting, If you have any ideas for me I would appreciate it. I so desperately want to hear from my Lord.

  12. Amy

    You haven’t lost salvation. I have suffered with phycosis for years, however the past seven months I’ve been left with a migraine and it made me feel as though I was being punished by God for what I thought in my head when I was sick and even now I still question my salvation… and I get the spiritually dry thing too. I pray everyday for Jesus to restore my joy. But now I realise God is love and he understands our sicknesses, after all he sent his son to bear our pain. When we put our faith and hope in Jesus he will never abandon us. Yes we will go through trials, but this is sometimes so our faith is better on the other side.
    I wish you all the best and pray your joy(and mine!) will be as it was soon xxx
    Amy

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