"Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts" (James 4:3)
Friend, we must dig out the old wells! We must recognize our dryness of spirit, our coldness of heart. We must make the decision to renew our desire for God, for the outpouring of His Spirit and for the seasons of rejoicing as we become more like Jesus.
Many a congregation has been renewed and blessed when believes have been willing to reopen the Bible wells of reconciliation and confession. When Christians are harboring hard feelings against each other, they need to be reconciled. They need to confess and ask forgiveness.
I refer here to actual sins and faults. There are people in continual bondage to mere trifles and inconsequential matters. God has given us the Holy Spirit to be our prompter and our guide. And He has given us good sense as well to go along with our consciences.
We try to substitute praying for obeying; and it simply will not work. Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience.
~A. W. Tozer~