I sat on the floor of my home and just cried. Tears fell into my hands as I begged God to speak to me.I had been feeling dead and dry for months, like I was running on auto-pilot most days and I was at the end of me. I needed the breath of life from God Himself. I was feeling dead – spiritually. I was not burning with the passion that had at once consumed me. I felt empty.
Then this: Prophesy, come to life | Oh my soul sing | through the night, lift your eyes | Oh my soul cry out, cry out | Living King, live in me | Let my heart know | Rushing wind, move within | Speak to these dry bones, dry bones
In the middle of my driest season, the Lord met me with this song, “Dry Bones” by New Life Worship. It wrecked me.
I found later that this beautiful song that had become my prayer and desperation was actually inspired by His Word in Ezekiel 37, The Valley of Dry Bones.
The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and sent me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley that, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet – a vast army.
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you bak to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD…I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’” (Ezekiel 37:1-14 NIV)
Now I know that is a lot of scripture to go through, but it is important. When we are feeling desolate and dry, what are we to do? Can we be back to life? “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”
Jairus was a loving father to an ill daughter. In Luke 8:41, he enters the life of Jesus looking for a miracle to cure his sickly twelve year-old daughter. She was dying. He pled with Jesus to come to his home, and Jesus agreed. There was a situation on the way (the woman with the blood disorder touched His robe and was healed, and they had a verbal exchange) and while Jesus was still engaged in that, someone came out from Jairus’ home and informed them that the girl had died.
Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.” (Luke 8:50 NIV)
The Bible says that when Jesus entered the house, people were wailing and mourning outside. He took in with him her mother and father, along with Peter, James, and John. They laughed at Him when He told them the girl was simply sleeping because they knew that she was in fact, dead.
But he took her by the hand and said, “My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once he stood up. (Luke 8:54-55a NIV)
Lazarus was a friend of Jesus, and was the brother of Mary and Martha. In John 11, we learn that Lazarus was very sick and his sisters had reached out to Jesus for help. When Jesus heard that his friend was not well, He stated that he would not die and that it was God’s glory (11:4) but stayed where He was for two more days. When He declared they would go, He told His disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep and that He intended to wake him up. When they did not quite understand His point, He plainly told them that Lazarus was dead.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again…” “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:20-26 NIV)
Do you believe this, sister?
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said…
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me…”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped in strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (John 11:38, 39, 41, 42a, 43, 44 NIV)
Even in an empty feeling and longing for the Lord to bring passion and fire back into my life, even feeling like dry bones, feeling spiritually dead, I was and continue to be so encouraged in these passages from His Word because the way to be reignited with passion and brought back to life is as simple as Him speaking the words.
All authority of heaven has been given to Christ and He is able. This entire world was spoken into existence and it is by His breath that we live set apart from the rest of creation. All it takes is His voice, His word and we are set aflame and we burn for His glory, girls. It’s an incredible thing.
When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 140:30 NLT)
And if I can encourage you in one thing: if you are not hearing the Lord speaking into your heart, I pray that He would move in by His Spirit and speak into the silence you are in. But I believe with my whole heart that if He is not responding, it may be because He already has. Start in His Word, the Bible. It is a wealth of knowledge and wisdom, and transcends from being just a book and is, itself, a living word because God spoke it into existence, too. If you cannot hear Him, maybe try starting there.
All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)
If you are in a dry season, you are not alone. Let us pray and prophesy together:
Oh Lord, speak into the silence | Breathe upon the lifeless | Wake us up from slumber | Oh Lord, move in by Your Spirit | Your life living in us | Take us back to wonder | By Your hand, I will stand | Filled with glory | Hold Your Word, on the earth | All to show Your life revealed
Dry bones, dance | Dry bones, sing | Dry bones, stand up and get up and live | Dry bones, run | Dry bones, rise | Dry bones, stand up and come back to life