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6 Ways To Stay Hungry For God

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Stay hungry’? Athletes use it. Steve Jobs said it to Stanford graduates. And I believe it’s essential in our faith.

A lost appetite is a sign of sickness. Dying people often refuse to eat. On the other hand a good appetite is a sign of health and growth.

So how do we fight to stay hungry for God in a world that wants to stuff us with everything but God? Below are six ideas.

  1. Pray

  2. “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

    God made David aware that earth is a dry and weary land where there is no water for our souls. Nothing other than God will satisfy us. We can’t produce that kind of thirst. Only God can. And it’s a gift we should ask him for.

    A simple prayer my wife and I pray at night is, “Lord, wake us up with a fresh hunger and thirst to know you.” We ask, because hunger for God is a gift from God.

  3. Taste & See

  4. One reason we lose a hunger for God is because we’ve been feeding ourselves on other things.

    But God’s invitation to us still stands: “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” Psalm 34:8

    The invitation is to seek God again. Spend time alone with God. Pray. Read his word again. Wait in silence before him. Get up early. Prioritize God like you used to. Return to your first love. Change your spiritual diet so that God is a no longer a side dish, but the main course.

  5. Exercise Faith

  6. The more sedentary we become the less fuel we actually need. But when we start exercising, we create a greater appetite.

    Similarly, it’s in our activity for God that we feel our hunger and thirst for God. Every time I open my mouth to tell someone about Jesus, I feel my incredible need for God. Every step of faith fuels my hunger.

    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. Hebrews 11:1-2

  7. Fast

  8. Fasting is a means of grace to increase our hunger for God. It’s a way to say no to food, in order to say yes to God.

    In Scripture we see that Jesus fasted, Moses fasted, and Elijah fasted to intentionally draw closer to God. Why not us?

    Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

  9. Repent & Confess Sin

  10. There’s probably nothing that makes us feel as small as we do when we humbly confess sin. Not the kind of confession that comes with a list of justifications. Not the kind that says, “I have it all under control” or “I’ll never do it again.” But the kind that’s a broken and contrite heart, a sinner in need of mercy.

    The soul that cries out for mercy is the soul that is humble before God and hungry for God. And when we humble ourselves through confession, God comes running to meet us.

    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

  11. Hang Around Hungry People

  12. We are made for community. We need the body of Christ to stay hungry.

    My own hunger and thirst for God has been recently stirred up by my church. I love to stand and sing with a people thirsty for more of God’s presence.

    “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

    God’s Invitation

    I believe these six things are not magic, but grace. And our gracious God says to us,

    “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.” Isaiah 55:1

    “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again.” John 4:14

    “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:51

    There is only one who satisfies in this dry and weary land and his name is Jesus.

    Bon Appétit

John Rinehart ,
John Rinehart , Founder & Leader of
and the author of the book Gospel Patrons