The other day the Holy Spirit led me to go on a seven-day fast; not your typical deprivation of food fast, but a fast refraining from specific prayer requests. Instead of praying for a person’s health, finances, even salvation, and so on, the Spirit prompted me to take a different approach; only pray that they cultivate a passion—a strong hunger for Christ. Everything a person needs can be summed up in that one prayer; that robust spiritual appetite will lead to endless possibilities as they fall in love with God.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled
A drug addict craving a fix will do anything to satisfy that need; imagine a world where people craved God like that. I’ll take that a step further: Imagine the Church craving the Spirit with that degree of intensity. I’ll just leave that right there.
It’s okay if you disagree with me; but to be honest with you, I’m glad the local churches are momentarily closed. This pandemic offers us a time to identify our personal standing with the Lord. This closure is also perfect for people who are too dependent on the local assemblies for all their spiritual feedings; now they have to become responsible for preparing their own banquet spread.
If we individually seek the Lord with our whole hearts during this timeout, when the local churches do reopen, the Church will be on fire—filled the more with the Holy Spirit. Let’s go back to the drug addict analogy: Do you think the addict is going to stop doing drugs just because the drug house is out of commission?
No one can hunger for you.
When we ravenously hunger for Christ, we will pursue Him with every ounce of our being; nothing will get in our way; we will adjust our schedules so we can spend quality time with the Holy Spirit—not from an obligatory stance, but because we yearn to be intimately close to Him. We then want to learn everything within our understanding about Who He is; we want to please Him; witness to the world about Him.
Hunger Feeds Faith
When we seek God with that amount of determination, faith is never in short supply. As the hunger draws us to Him, we learn to trust that He will do what’s best for our lives; therefore, we have hope to believe what is not yet seen will come to pass.
I am blessed that I hunger for God; as a matter of fact, I can’t get enough of Him. However, I know not to take this passion for granted. I’ve talked to several Christians who told me that the hunger I have will somewhat fade overtime. That’s frightening! Now that I know that possibility is there, I’m more aware of the devil’s tricks. My prayer: God, don’t let me—let You go.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8)
Feast on the Word
The Word of God wets or entices our appetite to wanting to know more about Him. Helpful hint: If you find understanding the Bible too difficult, find a translation that you can comprehend; even if you have to start with a child’s beginners Bible.
I like to read passages from four different translations; each one broadens my scope. I also, study from a commentary that the Holy Spirit led me to. In other words, feast on the Word; get it inside your spirit; learn how to apply it to your life; it’s God speaking to us. (See Psalm 119:105.)
If you don’t have a hunger for Christ, ask Him to give you that craving. Once He does, protect it; don’t let a spirit of lethargy take it away; do whatever you need to do to stay hungry. It’s a funny thing: The more we feast on the Spirit, the hungrier we get.
It’s good to be hungry!
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.