"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh" - John 6:51 (NIV).
Hunger is often associated with satisfying our natural cravings, but most particularly once we feel empty and have this longing to satisfy the desire. If you are hungry for food the body will scream for those nutrients it needs to drive it. If you deny your body the food it needs the end results may be catastrophic. Denied of food and water that gives it energy, the body may whither and ultimately lead to death as the organs shut down. Who is that person who can cause himself to be just hungry unless for a specific purpose!
Just as our bodies can get hungry for food and thirsty for water, so too, is our spirit man, can be hungry for desire to be filled with the things of God! Jesus said, 'Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good" (2 Peter 2:2-3). And once when confronted by Satan after a 40 day fast, he pushed him off with, "It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Mathew 4:4).
Once our bodies become hungry we become restless until we find something to eat! But just then, our spirit man can also become hungry, causing us to be spiritually restless, and we should not hesitate to feed the spirit in us of the things of the Lord. When a body is starved after it is fed with food there is a sweat sensation and calmness returns. Just as well, when we feed our empty spirit with God's word and praises, the Holy Spirit in us is pleased and there is a calmness that returns.
One thing with hunger it can't be forced on one. It is you who can only feel it deep inside you. The Apostle Paul tells us, "Do not quench the Spirit" (I Thessolonian 5:19), meaning once hungry for the Lord we should not hesitate to fill our spirit!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am hungry for you may I be filled with your spirit to be energised in yoir service, this I pray in Jesus name!
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!