|Ann Arbor window in the Arcade|
My response is: Pray today. Find a time and place to meet with God today.
Then, do the same tomorrow.
Take this thing day by day.
I don't believe Father God is into calling us "failures." God is our Rescuer, our Redeemer. He loves us. God does call us to turn, to repent. There is a godly guilt, produced by his Spirit. But "failure" is a word from "the accuser of the brethren," not from God. So I would say to this person:
- When you go alone to meet with God and have conversations with him remember that getting solitary with God is radically counter-cultural. Nothing in the Western world values this or trains us for this.
- Remember what "prayer" is: talking with God about what we (you and he) are doing together.
- Remember that God is a God of new beginnings. Pick yourself up and start over. Build a prayer life.... today. Now. This is the day the Lord has made for relationship with him.
- Do the same... tomorrow.
- Over time, watch what happens. A holy, life-giving habit is being formed in you.