There is a specific reason for why we at times can become temporary atheists. This condition occurs when there is a disconnect between our confessional and our functional theology. We openly confess the truth of Scripture but fail to practically live out.
We declare that Jesus is our only Lord but quickly run to other lords when things are not going the way we expected. This condition deteriorates one very important aspect of the Christian life. The one area that gets hit hard when we practice this temporary atheism is our prayer life. I speak specifically about this in the following video clip:
The Apostle James reminds us in his letter that the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working (Js. 5:16). When our prayer life is lackluster at best or non-existent at worst, it can be because we have forgotten to remind ourselves of gospel truths. It can be because we have stopped believing in the promises of God that He reveals to us through the Scripture.
Ultimately, every single promise that Jesus made to us is true and trustworthy. It is our lack of faith in His promises and His purposes that derails us to become temporary atheists.
We should cry out to Jesus, just like the father who had a son possessed with an unclean spirit: “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
Question: When are you most susceptible to being a temporary atheist? How do you overcome this obstacle by again running to Jesus and asking God for a strong faith?