Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 “The Prayer-Hungry Diet”

“The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing.” (Psalm 34:10)

Good Morning My Dear Friends in Christ!

During my forty plus years of pastoral ministry, I’ve done a lot of traveling and seen a lot of different places. One of the joys in having traveled to so many varied and diverse locales is that many opportunities presented themselves to sample the favorite local foods in those places.  Kansas City has great Bar-b-Que…so does Texas and Carolina, though they differ in style. Cincinnati has excellent chili and the best ice cream I’ve ever had. Las Vegas…well there was a soul-food restaurant there I’ll never forget, and of course, seemingly endless buffets. Amarillo hamburgers can’t be beat! You’ll want to go to Joplin, Missouri for Hackett’s Wings! And my home in Pennsylvania…Pennsylvania Dutch fare and the endless array of fresh produce still makes my mouth water. It’s all good. Which is the best? That’s a matter of opinion on any given day. But if you want the finest food available anywhere, there’s just one place to go, and that’s to God. Yes, it’s time to start a new diet…one that will leave us totally satisfied. This verse from Psalm 34 puts it very well: “The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the Lord shall not be in want of any good thing”. Young lions have no trouble working up an appetite, but are quite often never satisfied. But we are not like them, though it’s very important that we do work up a good appetite for God, and the way to do that is through becoming “Prayer Hungry”. Once you have a taste for it, I guarantee you that nothing will satisfy your cravings quite as much. Author Leonard Ravenhill, in his book “Why Revival Tarries”, wrote-

“For this sin hungry age we need a prayer-hungry Church.”

    There is no doubt that the world is ravenous for sin and it’s temptations and deceptive temporary delights, but feasting on sin leaves one starving, craving more, like a heroine-addicted soul. Sin kills the body, spirit, and soul. Prayer hunger, however, satisfies the soul and diminishes the appetite for sin with which we are born. It’s time to begin a new diet…one that will nourish and strengthen us and those around us. It’s available to all. We’re encouraged to come back for more and share it with others starving for it. It’s the best meal you’ll ever eat. Let’s pray!

Bless us, O Lord, for a hunger and a thirst for the Good Food you provide…that which nourishes us, body, soul, and spirit…that which will transform a sin hungry world to a God hungry world. Fill us with Your delights, O Lord, that we would desire more and more each day. This we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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