I know I’m going back a few days on this prompt, but I’ve been pondering on it for a while now. The very first thing that jumped into my head was the film ‘War Room’, in particular the following clip from it:
Although you don’t hear it in this clip, Miss Clara goes on to say about how you can’t expect answer to prayer when your prayer life, or indeed your faith full stop, is only lukewarm. This film really spoke to me because I definitely notice a difference in my life when I’m full steam ahead (as it were) with my prayer life, and when I feel strong in my faith as opposed to those times when I do not. I feel different, more confident, more sure of myself and who I am. When I’m only lukewarm for whatever reason – usually because of feelings of inadequacy or being unworthy, not just in the sight of God, but in many areas of my life, then I don’t deal with situations quite so well. They are the times I feel like I’ve had the stuffing knocked out of me.
The Bible makes several references to being lukewarm in your faith, though I find this by far one of the strongest.
Whether of faith, or none, it’s no good being lukewarm in any area of our lives. I find sitting on the fence (perhaps another way of thinking about lukewarm) just doesn’t cut it. You’re either going to do something with all your heart or not. And ‘not’ is perfectly okay, it’s the maybe-yes-maybe-no-sitting-on-the-fence-lukewarm that’s no good.
I’ve been guilty of being lukewarm in too many areas lately and I think that’s one of the reasons I took so long getting this post together. I’ve been working through these areas, identifying the what/when and why’s of them and coming to the conclusion that good old Henry Ford was quite correct when he said:
“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”
It has been an insightful exercise of self reflection and I’m encouraged that in doing so I have been able to recognise those areas I’m definitely (without guilt) cold, and those where I want and need to be red hot. I have goals to achieve this year and the only way I will reach them is to stay on the boil. Today has been a day of my internal kettle steaming up the windows of my life and I’m hoping it continues and reaches sauna levels.
May you recognise areas of your life that are lukewarm and be encouraged to jump! Whether that’s into a cold tub, or a steam room is your choice because either will involve a shift from a static position.
Be blessed in all you do 🙏🏼 Bless all those you encounter 🌻
Daily Prompt: Lukewarm