We are in the midst of 50 Days of Prayer, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday, believing God for an unprecedented outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s person, presence, power and provision in our personal lives, as well as our New Song Nashville family as a whole. We are getting ready for revival, knowing that what is most needed in this hour is Christ’s church being fully alive in the Spirit, loving Jesus supremely and serving the world sacrificially.
In the last two weeks, we have focused on: repentance, a change of mind that results in a change of attitude and action; as well as humility, the honest, holy and happy acknowledgement that everything we are and everything we have and need proceeds from the person and power of God to us, and the honest, holy and happy acknowledgement that God’s grace is distributed broadly in the lives of His people and that we are to be gratefully, graciously and gladly dependent on one another.These are two of the keys to opening the door to a dynamic work of God in the lives of His people.
This week, we are focusing on spiritual hunger as another key to seeing an ongoing habitation of God in the Spirit. We will answer the questions: What is spiritual hunger? Why is spiritual hunger important? How do we develop and deepen spiritual hunger? For developing and deepening spiritual hunger daily draws us to the Source of true satisfaction and strength.
A Story About Spiritual Hunger The day after Jesus fed five thousand from five barley loaves and two small fish, the people came to Him hoping to receive more from Him to satisfy their physical hunger. Jesus was quick to tell them that they had missed the main point that the heavenly sign was meant to reveal—it was the heavenly bread of everlasting life, found in Him, that they truly needed. He went on to say that the manna that God had provided in the wilderness was a prophetic picture of the true bread from heaven sent down from the Father. He said that this bread was not a miraculous meal but a miraculous Man (John 6:22-35).
After hearing this amazing statement, they pleaded for this heavenly bread to be given to them everyday and always. Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6:35). Jesus promised them that if they would make spiritual hunger their first concern and to make the satisfying of that hunger their first pursuit, they would always and ever be filled and fulfilled with His person, presence, provision and power.
What is spiritual hunger? Spiritual hunger is a deep and desperate desire to know God the Father and Jesus the Son lovingly and intimately, feeding on fellowship with them by the work of the Holy Spirit—every moment of everyday. Spiritual hunger is hunger for God’s person, presence, provision and power. Spiritual hunger is a consecrated craving for Christ’s mission to be fulfilled in the earth.
Why is spiritual hunger important? Spiritual hunger is important because it draws and drives us to the only true Source of satisfying the heart’s deepest desire—God Himself. Spiritual hunger is important because it draws and drives us to the only true purpose that brings a divine sense of dignity and destiny—exalting Christ in everything we do. And spiritual hunger is important because it leads us away from lesser things and toward greater things in Jesus.
How do we develop and deepen spiritual hunger? As we have said so many times, what we feed on, we hunger for. As we feed on the Word everyday, we will not hunger for the things of the world. As we feed on the things of the Spirit everyday, we will not hunger for the things of the flesh. As we feed on focused, missional living, we will not hunger for aimless, meaningless living. And as we feed on fellowship with the bread of life, Jesus, our hunger and thirst will be completely satisfied, as our heart finds its home in Him.
Remember: Jesus promises us that if we will make spiritual hunger our first concern and satisfying that hunger our first pursuit, we will always and ever be filled and fulfilled with His person, presence, provision and power.