Strike the Ground
By Audrey Botts
As I was praying one day, I sensed the Lord wanted me to spend more time in prayer. He wanted to answer my prayers, but it almost seemed that he wanted more from me than what I was willing to give.
What did the Lord desire? Passion. I remember when I first gave my heart to the Lord I was on fire for the Lord. I was sharing my new love for Jesus to everyone I knew.
I’m not sure how I lost my passion, but we all do if we are living in this world. The world is full of disappointment and difficulties that make us lose the zeal we once had serving the Lord.
When we lose our passion, everything becomes routine and we lose interest in the areas the Lord has called us to serve. We become lukewarm and a target for the enemy to destroy.
As I was reading scripture one day, I came across this verse in 2 Kings 13: 17-19.
He said,"Open the window toward the east," and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" And he shot. And he said, "The LORD'S arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will defeat the Arameans at Aphek until you have destroyed them." Then he said, "Take the arrows," and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, "Strike the ground," and he struck it three times and stopped. So the man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram only three times."
Elisha was angry with the King of Israel, and I thought why was he mad? He didn’t tell King Jehoash how many times to strike the ground. Elisha only said to strike the ground.
But Elisha knew the king lacked zeal in seeking victory for his kingdom. Instead of asking how many times do I need to strike the ground to defeat the enemy, King Jehoash only did what he thought was required to get by with God.
He had no passion for his victory. I know I have been guilty of this as well. I too have lacked the passion to strike the ground with fervent prayers and service to the Lord.
So how do we get our passion back? First take action by confessing it to the Lord and ask for His forgiveness and guidance. We can’t do anything without prayer.
Engage yourself in the church again and stay connected to your church family. Then let the Lord take care of the rest.
So, like the prophet Elisha said “Strike the ground!” and don’t stop until your passion is ignited once again.