Hunger is the currency of Heaven, and God responds to hunger. If you want the presence of God, you have to get hungry. If you want to see a move of God birthed in your city, you have to get hungry. If you want to know Him, you have to get hungry.
Hunger is an indication of a place that is empty but requires to be filled. Being hungry creates the space for Him to come and fill it with Himself and release who He is in that area.
Hunger is, also, a choice. The Kingdom of God is made up of choices. Sometimes you feel hungry for God and His presence. There are other times where you don’t feel hungry. In those moments, you choose to be hungry. You choose to hunger for His presence and pursue Him even when you don’t feel anything, hear anything, or see Him. Those moments of pressing in bear much fruit.
Sometimes you have to stir your hunger and stir yourself in the spirit. Many times King David would tell his soul what it would do – “Praise the Lord, my soul” (ps 146:1) “Bless His name, o my soul” (Psalms 103:1). He let his spirit rule his soul.
Your soul will be governed either by your flesh or by your spirit. It’s a choice as to which one will feed and rule your soul. There is a cry inside of each person for something to satisfy. The question is: Where are you directing that cry? Are you directing it towards the things of the flesh (the world; sin) or the things of God?
King David would say in Psalms that his heart and flesh cries out for the living God. He recognized the sound of a cry inside of him that needed to be answered. He chose to continually direct, and redirect, that cry towards the living God. He tried the other way (such as with Bathsheba), but He discovered a better way. He found that God was the true source and the only thing that could satisfy that cry inside of him.
He chose to continually be hungry and seek His presence continually.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.”- Psalm 27:4
Our pursuit of Jesus is never in vain. He is always working in you and in every moment something spectacular, something surprising, something big – even when it doesn’t look like it or feel like it.
Keep pressing in. He will respond to a people, to a city. He will come to a hungry people. He can’t resist hunger.