Cultivating Spiritual Hunger

Pastor Steve Taylor Fasting 2016

Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. — Mark 1:12–13
Even Jesus disconnected from the world to fast and pray. He pulled away from the demands of the crowds, His ministry, and even His closest friends to pray.
There are times that we, too, need to pull away from the things of the world and focus on God. “The things of the world” can certainly include more than just food. In fact, in our world they are more likely to be things such as: television, movies, Facebook, Twitter, cell phones, and the Internet. None of these things are wrong in and of themselves, but they are avenues for a mental and spiritual crowd to gather around us and drown out the Holy Spirit’s voice. Fasting is a means of disconnecting from the distractions of daily life and consciously choosing to bring God into greater focus.
When our lives are so full of things like reading, talking, socializing, playing, and entertainment, it’s no wonder we often don’t hunger for God. During this time of fasting, deny yourself. Lay aside your business and let the Holy Spirit birth a spiritual hunger in you that can only be satisfied by God Himself.
In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be My disciples. Luke 14:33
Prayer is reaching out and after the unseen; fasting, letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepens, confirms the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God. — Andrew Murray
Bible Reading: Psalm 25
Prayer Focus: Who or what are you most tempted to put ahead of Jesus? Why? Ask for Holy Spirit’s help in giving Jesus preeminence in your life. We often daydream of those things most important to us. Invite Jesus Himself to be the source of all your dreams and joys and delights, and then go out and obey what He has said.