Prayer and Fasting #3–Are You Thirsty?

Have you ever been really thirsty?

Maybe after a round of Basketball in the driveway, or after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day?

What do you do?

When I was a kid I’d play basketball almost all summer long at my friend Rob’s house. Afterward, we’d go in and have an ice-cold Mountain Dew–-AHHH, refreshment!

Something about a cold drink when you’ve been working and sweating…hits the spot.

Some of us are praying and fasting this week for ourselves, for our churches, and for our nation, but here’s the question: Are you Thirsty? Really Thirsty?

The Psalmist wrote: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and meet with Him?” (Psalm 42:1-2)

He knew the ‘Thirst’ I’m referring to.

It’s much deeper than physical thirst. Spiritual thirst leaves us aching for God.

Spiritual thirst is a thirst for love, intimacy and connection with God. It drives us to our knees. It cannot me satiated with simply a ‘sip’–like a worship song on the radio or quick prayer before bed. This kind of thirst goes down to our core!

So let me ask you again: Are you Thirsty? Really Thirsty?

I contend that most of us–if we’re being honest–are not!

We don’t sense our thirst because we’re distracted by other things. We are distracted by the ‘stuff’ of this life–entertainment, material goods, food, money, friendships, sex, work goals.

Within reason, all of these things are good, and can be blessings from God. But they are never to be a substitute for God! These blessings come from His hand–they don’t replace Him!

Others are distracted by temptations…things that entice us to compromise and sin. We think they will satisfy, but they don’t. All they do is leave us more ashamed and defeated…and we are still thirsty. Yet now, because of sin and the enemy’s accusations, we don’t think we can go to the ‘Living Water’ for refreshment.

Jesus said “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! 38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”39 (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)” (John 7:37-39)

Again, the question we need to answer is, Are YOU THIRSTY?

I’m not only talking about those who need to come to Jesus in faith as Savior and Lord for the first time–although they are welcome and to be celebrated.

I am talking to those who have already received Jesus, by faith, and have New Life within (2 Corinthians 5:17), but have grown tired, apathetic and comfortable.

So let me ask you…and be honest…

Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness–not so much ‘in society’ as in your own heart?

Do you long for a deeper, closer relationship with Him?

Do you ache to rid yourselves of the temptations and distractions, so that you can know Him more?

Are you (as we say @ KCC) “Passionately pursuing an ever-deeper relationship with God”…or are you ok where you’re at?

I long for our church to be ‘on fire’ for Him–to be so Thirsty for Him that we break every chain that holds us back and we turn our back on our apathy and compromise and we seek Him above all things.

I’m sure that He longs for ALL Churches to be that way!

Today, in prayer, pray about this. Be honest with Him.

If you’ve been too full–of yourself, of this world, or of temptations–to really sense the ‘thirst in your soul’, then repent! Ask His forgiveness and lay aside every single thing that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind which has held you back.

It’s time to become ‘Thirsty’ again…and let the Living Water fill you!

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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