Ever been soo thirsty that nothing you drank satisfied you? Your favorite tea, sports drink, soda, frappuccino, nothing!! It wasn’t until you drank water that your thirst was quenched. Likewise, our souls are thirsty for something and there isn’t anything that will satisfy us, other than the Living Water.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” Matthew 5:6
Our Day 11 prayer from the 30-Day Prayer Challenge: A Heart Fully Devoted to God, challenges us to think about the things that we are “hungry and thirsty” for. For the believer, our hunger pains will not go away by feasting on material possessions, success, our careers, family, friends, relationships, etc.Are you satisfied? Click To Tweet
We need the Bread of Life.
To pursue anything else in hopes of fulfilling the longing of our souls, is a waste of energy and only leaves us empty and burned out. We need sustenance that only Jesus can provide.
Unfortunately, we have developed a hunger for things of this world, more than our beloved Savior and His Word. We’ve succumb to the lie that Christ is not enough. We need Christ and ___________. We tell ourselves that we would be happy and content if only I had ______________.
The truth is, we need to develop a new appetite. Our cravings must change. In order to experience the blessed life that we desire, righteousness must become our lifelong pursuit.
To desire righteousness, is to desire to be right, acceptable before God. To desire to be well-pleasing to Him, and to live a righteous life. But, it’s not living or being right by our own might, willpower, good or religious deeds, that’s self-righteousness, but it’s through Christ, His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).
So, how do we cultivate a soul that hungers and thirst for righteousness? Here are two ways.
Our 30-Day prayer challenge, is filled with prayers to help us cultivate a heart that is fully devoted, and thirsty for God. It’s designed to have us focus on our need for the Lord. If you are participating in the prayer, you’ve taken a great step toward developing a greater desire for the things of God, for righteousness.
#2 PURSUE GOD FIRST
The Lord can fulfill our deepest desires. Yet, we must earnestly and intentionally seek Him.
“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul” Deuteronomy 4:29
Making God the first priority in our life is vital if we truly want a heart that is fully devoted to Him. It will take effort on our part. We must do all that’s needed to keep God first… which will require us to say NO to some things, and YES to others. Examples would be, no I can’t watch TV right now, YES I will read my Bible for these 30 minutes. NO, I can’t go out to ___________, YES I can go to the church Bible study where the Word will be taught. NO I can’t do __________, YES I will go fellowship with my sister in Christ so we can speak about the Word and encourage each other.
Prayer and the pursuit of Christ= satisfaction. Click To Tweet
These are actionable steps that will be beneficial for us spiritually.
I love Jesus’ promise to us of complete satisfaction, in Him.
“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” John 4:14
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