Thursday, March 29, 2012

Im Hungry

“Draw me, we will run after You. The King has brought me into His chambers.” Song of Solomon 1:4a.

This verse expresses in two words, a prayer that is vital to our spiritual well being. These words are easily remembered and may therefore be prayed often, “Draw me.”

Following our prayer of desire is a commitment to the Lord that we will indeed respond to Him, as He creates within us a spiritual hunger - “We will run after You.”

Finally, the marvelous result of the outworking of our prayer of desire and of the expression of our determination to respond to Him follows - “The King has brought me into His chambers.”

This essential prayer, “Draw me,” relates to the spiritual hunger that in varying degrees is resident within each of us. This hunger drive, a powerful basic “urge” at the foundation of all life, seeks its satisfaction in many ways.

In the physical realm, a baby is born hungry. The mother cannot produce this hunger within her child, she can only nourish it. The spiritual hunger within each of us is a creative act of God that comes from Him alone. It cannot be produced or imparted by man; but only by the Lord.

The Lord will enlarge our spiritual capacity, as in faith we look to Him to cause us to become spiritually hungry. A primary means to accomplish this is to present ourselves before the Lord and then actively “wait upon Him.” As we wait, the Lord will work in our behalf, and He will respond to our desire for increased spiritual hunger and capacity.

“And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took His journey.” Matthew 25:15.

These “talents” relate to our spiritual capacity. Once we become spiritually hungry, we must be careful to separate this newly acquired spiritual capacity from other desires and not allow some substitute to seemingly satisfy it. Nor should we seek some other means than the Lord Himself to satisfy our spiritual hunger.

As we actively look to the Lord and prayerfully ask Him to “draw us,” this hunger within us will intensify, causing us to cry out for its satisfaction. The Lord will respond, and He will come to “sup” with us. As we welcome His presence, and then “feed Him” with our worship, and with the expression of our commitment to “run after Him,” He in turn will “feed us,” fully satisfying our hunger with Himself.

“For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father, so he who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me.” John 6:55‑57.

Our Lord is a seeking God who is both desirous and anxious for our fellowship. He will, as we seek to better know Him, create within us the spiritual hunger that will lead us into His presence, that we might intimately, personally, sup with Him.