This little saying is printed on my favorite coffee cup, and taken from the movie WarRoom. (If you haven't seen it yet, it's worth the watch!) In the film, an elderly lady name Miss Clara invites Elizabeth in for coffee. As she asks the younger woman about her prayer life, she serves Elizabeth a lukewarm cup. Of course, Elizabeth is disgusted. that's when Miss Clara gives Elizabeth the great quote.
The scene in the movie is cute and funny but it also carries a strong point. We don't like our coffee lukewarm. Lukewarm milk will make us sick. So how does our lukewarm prayer life make God feel?
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.So we obviously don't want to get lukewarm with the Lord! But as humans, it's easy for things to get busy and without realizing it, we do let our prayer life and relationship with Christ become lukewarm. What then?
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Rev. 3:15-16
Our Lord explains the answer a few verses down.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev 3:20
A chalkboard art I made for a friend.
Jesus is sweetly calling. "Let me in. Make me a priority. I want to be your everything."
But how do we bring the fire back into our prayer life? The Scripture holds the answer to this as well. Here's a few that have been brought to my mind during difficulty.
- Read your Bible and pray EVERY day.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8a
- Recall the Lord's faithfulness in your life and thank Him for it. We see the Psalmist do this many times. The psalm will begin with his woes and a very discouraged tone, but by the end he is exalting the Lord and his heart is lifted.
In what ways have you brought the fire back into your prayer life? Share your thoughts for your chance to win a custom chalkboard art like the one pictured below!I'll help you design it, then I'll make it and mail it to you.