Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | December 12, 2015

December 12, 2015 “It’s All Good”

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)

Good Morning My Dear Friends in Christ!

During my forty years of pastoral ministry, I’ve done a lot of traveling and seen a lot of different places. One of the joys in that is the opportunity afforded me to sample the favorite local foods. Last evening was no exception, as we enjoyed the great food and fellowship of friends here in Tampa. Everywhere we’ve traveled, we’ve discovered unforgettable cuisine and stowed away delicious memories (along with several additional pounds and inches to the waistline), but it’s all good! 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 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. As Jesus puts it in the verse quoted above from the Sermon on the Mount, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.”  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 tempting, but 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. It’s all good. Let’s feast, and 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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