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Intensifying Hunger

“And it came to pass that as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Notice that Jesus’ disciples did not interrupt His prayer. Intrigued with His intercession, they wanted to know his secret. Seeking God is fundamental, continual and rewarding. It will turn a “whosoever will” into someone unique and special. It is not academic, managerial, technical or moral primarily, but rather it is spiritual hunger. God calls us and draws us. We taste Him (2) and realize it is “good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works” (Psalm 73:28). Oh, the countless believers who live in confusion because of their indifference to the Word of God! They try desperately to improve themselves as workers, managers, homemakers, employers, prayer-warriors, preachers, etc. Their language may be religious, but it lacks God’s touch and leaves their hearts and lives empty.

When we lose the meaning and sustenance of life, we need to ask God as the psalmist did to “incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness” (Psalm 119:36). If we sincerely pray this, He will intensify our hunger for Him and His Word. He will turn our indifference to praise and thanksgiving.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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