I need to just admit/ My faith is paper thin/ I'm feeling so burned out on religion/ I say an empty prayer/ I sing a tired song/ I need to just admit/ that the passion’s gone/ And I want to get it back
I want to learn to pray/ The way that David prayed/ I want my soul to burn/ when I hear Your name
How often have you felt burning passion for something? And then, how does it feel when that passion is gone; when it feels like the fire has burned out? It suddenly feels like you’re missing out on something. It feels like you lost a part of yourself.
When we start our relationship with Jesus, we are often consumed by that passion. It influences every conversation we have, every decision we make. But over time, sometimes that passion fades, and we begin to feel that our faith is “paper thin.” Often you don’t quite know how you got to the place of just going through the motions, but once you realize you’re there, you have a desire to get back to where you once were.
Almost all of us have experienced this, and even people in the Bible experienced this. King David, who we know went through many highs and lows in his faith, wrote how he felt in Psalm 42:4-6, NLT
"My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!"
After having incredible moments with God, after seeing God work in amazing ways in his life, David still had times where the passion had fizzled and he felt far from God. But he took those moments to remember who God is. He is the Savior. As we begin to remember all of the things that God has done for us, it’s like the kindling gets sparked. We can begin feeling that passion again, and maybe it will become a roaring fire.
And once that fire begins to burn again, we can pray prayers like David’s in Psalm 86:12-13, NLT
"With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death."