The reality for every person is that we all experience a hunger for spiritual satisfaction. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us “…God has placed eternity in their hearts…” But there is a parallel to bodily and spiritual hunger. Like natural hunger, we develop an appetite for whatever has satisfied us previously. Like natural hunger, we can spoil whatever appetite we’ve developed by compromising and partaking in something that gives the illusion of satisfaction, but lacks nourishment, and life-giving properties. This is the PRIMARY reason we don’t see life altering, region shaking moves of God’s Spirit. We abort our pursuit of Him by satisfying ourselves.
Consider someone who uses what they eat as a tool to help them obtain what they pursue. An athlete, when training for competition, gives no credence to food that merely satiates craving. The athlete’s goal is to consume something that will be utilized to help them obtain the prize they seek. They are singularly focused. Paul articulated this comparison so beautifully in 1 Corinthians 9:27: "I train like a champion athlete. I subdue my body and get it under my control, so that after preaching the good news to others I myself won’t be disqualified.”
The prize WE run for is sinners and the nations of the earth for our inheritance, and the ends of the earth as our possession. (Psalm 2:8) Remaining focused on what we are requiring from the Hand of God will direct what things we participate in. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
What you’re desiring from God may be something you have never seen before. You never had an example of constant breakthrough, or righteousness, or blessing in your life. But that thirst for the things that you’ve already had (the delicacies of this world) have already proven they cannot satisfy, or bring you righteousness, peace, or joy.
Take dominion, today, over the appetite for the carnal, fruitless things that have already proven to be a poison in your life. And pursue, with all you that you have, the promises of The King. “Taste and see that The Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
Personal Prayer Point:
“Father, show me practical ways to avoid the carnal things I used to delight in. Show me how to avoid anything that spoils my appetite for an unprecedented move of Your Spirit in my life.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Proverbs 22:3 — Isaiah 58:14 — Jeremiah 15:16)
Corporate Prayer Point:
“Father, stir in the hearts of every member of this church a collective hunger for revival in the Inland Empire. Remove complacency and indifference. Let each member be ignited with a personal passion for their role in the consummation of this revival.”
Scripture to Stand On:
(Jeremiah 17:4 — Psalm 85:6-13)