What do you do when you don’t desire God? In this lab, John Piper explains where we can turn when our delight has disappeared.
Some questions to ask as you read and study:
- How do you strive to love God with your whole heart when you are lacking affections for him?
- Watch the lab. What is the relationship between God’s love for us and our love for God?
- What habits (besides daily time in the word and prayer) can you start to fuel your love for God? Choose one and make sure to set aside time this week for it.
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore, our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s word. Pray that God would change you by his word.