“But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.”
–Vincent van Gogh, Artist
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What do you pray for every day?
I have a list of things that I pray for in the back of my Bible. Mostly people. But there are also things that I ask from God for myself. I ask for the wisdom of Solomon and the heart of David. I want to love God above all else.
But one of the things on my list that I’ve been asking God for over a decade is spiritual hunger. I know my natural propensity is to grow distracted, dulled to the things of God. So I ask God to make me hungry for Him-that I would long for God and the things of God’s kingdom above all else.
I want the cry of Psalm 25:4-5 to be true in me: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
Some time ago the hunger began stirring to a point that dove into the Scripture to discover God anew. As I struggled to find words to express what I longed for, I realized that I wanted to know God organically.
Why organic? If you look the word up in the dictionary it basically means natural, pure, and essential-the very things I realized I longed for in my relationship with God. I long for a natural relationship with God-one that isn’t manipulated or forced to be brighter, more shiny or sweeter than the relationship is. I long for a relationship with God that’s pure-because it’s founded on the truth of Scripture. And I long for a relationship that’s essential-because God is our lifeline.
Through Scripture we discover that we serve a living God (Acts 14:15), who knows our hearts (Acts 15:8). God does not dwell in a temple made by hands (Acts 17:24), but is not far from each of us (Acts 17:27) and gives life and breath to all things (Acts 17:25). In God, we live and move and exist (Acts 17:28). And in this God gives us an invitation to know him.
An invitation that extends to you and I!
So will you join me?
Will you join me in praying for spiritual hunger each day?
Because you can fall in love with God all over again.
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