Four Ways To Increase Spiritual Hunger
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness (Psalm 107:9).
Hunger is a sign of physical health. And spiritual health is strong when we’re hungry for God. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
Smith Wigglesworth said, Spiritual hunger is when nothing satisfies us so much as being near to God. As I’ve read about the life of Smith Wigglesworth, I’ve been stirred to a fresh hunger for Jesus. In his book Ever Increasing Faith, he said, I’d rather have a man on my platform that is not Spirit filled but hungry, than a man who is Spirit filled and satisfied.
Smith Wigglesworth’s passion for God is seen in a letter he wrote to a friend: Pleased to receive the news of much blessing in your ministry, especially in souls being saved and God keeping you in a very hungry and needy place. W. Hacking wrote a book about Smith’s life and summed up his work by saying: Wisdom, brokenness, purity, and spiritual hunger characterized his ministry.
If you’ve lost your hunger for God, you can get it back. Here are four things you can do. First, fast things that steal time.Turn off the TV, social media, the computer game, or whatever and take time to feed on the Word and to pray. The Lord ministered to me years ago during a time of personal disappointment that quenched my spiritual zeal. A guest speaker in our church said, Your desires always follow your attention. When I heard that I knew that I must turn my attention to the Lord. I made myself listen to cassette tapes (this is early 1980’s - (oh how the world has changed!) and take notes word for word as my pastor preached just to force myself into the Word. I had no desire to do it, but I put my attention there every day. A couple of weeks later I woke up one morning with a desire to fellowship with my Father. Desire follows attention.
Secondly, feast on spiritual things. You desire what you give your time to do. James 4:8 says draw near to God and He will draw near to you. We have to take the first step!
Thirdly, become desperate! Make lifestyle changes. If you want to see something you’ve never seen before, you must do something you’ve never done before. Make time in your day for God. Read your Bible and have a season of prayer during lunch. Take a walk in the evening and pray. Read the Word just before you go to sleep at night. Take time with the Lord throughout your day!
Fourthly, ask the Lord to make you hungry. I’ll leave you with these verses:
No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day (John 6:44). And He said, Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father (John 6:65). The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you (Jeremiah 31:3). When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psalm 27:8).