One of the marks of spiritual hunger and thirst is that you desire more of Jesus. You want to encounter His presence, get to know Him more, and experience everything about Him. You are not alone in that desire. After all, Jesus Christ is the true Lover of our soul, and He alone can bring us satisfaction, perfect joy, and peace. There is none like Him.
As you are here looking for a heartfelt prayer for more and more of Jesus, simply come to God in prayer and let Him know what you are thinking. Here is a prayer for more of Jesus:
Lord Jesus, thank You for Who You are. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You. I want to know You more, Lord, and experience Your magnificent presence. Reveal Yourself in Your Word, and let me encounter Your tangible presence. Amen.
In the Bible, we can learn from men and women of God who were also hungry for Jesus and the things of God. Consider Mary of Bethany who, unlike her sister Martha, chose to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to what He had to say instead of doing something for Jesus. Mary chose the best thing, to listen to Jesus’ voice (see Luke 10:38-42).
Another character in the Bible who was hungry for Jesus was the Apostle Paul. After his encounter with Jesus Christ and his conversion, his life was forever changed. He was no longer the persecutor of believers but became a lover of Christ. He wrote many letters to the Churches and revealed to us the depths of God’s grace and love, not only for the Jews but also for the Gentiles.
Anna, the prophetess, was an old widow who worshipped God in the temple day and night, never leaving the place. And when baby Jesus Christ was brought to the temple, she praised God and talked about the child to everyone, for she recognized Jesus as the Messiah (see Luke 2:36-38).
Longing for more of Jesus is a blessed thing. Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). So when you pray for more and more of Jesus, you can expect God to fill you because you seek Him and His Word and pursue the things of God.
You can also check this article (How to Pray to Christ), which you might find helpful as you seek more of Jesus.
What should I do when I am so hungry for Jesus?
As mentioned earlier, spiritual hunger is a sign of good spiritual health. It indicates your desire for heavenly things and the presence of God, which is Christ’s perfect will for all those who believe in Him. It is a sign of a burning first Love that pleases the Lord. In fact, in Revelation 2:4, God took it against the believers in Ephesus who had abandoned their first love and desired for them to repent. God wants us to continue in our hunger and thirst for Jesus, our first Love, no matter how far we may be in our journey in the race of faith.
When you are so hungry for Jesus, here are some things that you can do to help fill your hunger:
1. Listen to online preaching about Jesus Christ
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Listening to online preaching about Jesus Christ during the week helps to fill up your spiritual hunger, especially if you can’t wait for Saturday or Sunday service. This online preaching will really touch you as the preachers share their personal revelations and insights on God’s Word, which will stir up your faith in Jesus Christ. Make sure to keep the Bible with you and double-check what they are saying in the Word of God.
2. Get to the Word and study the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospel
“And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.”
The Lord said that more revelations will be given to those who listen and obey His teachings. Nothing can fill one’s spiritual hunger more than receiving the Words of Christ personally and directly from the Scriptures as you study them. And we know that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (see Hebrews 11:6).
3. Get into fellowship with the lovers of Christ
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
When you get into fellowship and meetings with your brothers and sisters in Christ who are passionately in love with Jesus, not only will you get your spiritual hunger filled, but you also get encouraged and sharpened as you listen to their testimonies, words of wisdom, insights, and so on. God wants His beloved to be in a community where He is at the center of the relationship, for there is anointing in such gatherings.
The list goes on as you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and give you wisdom on how you may fill this spiritual hunger for more of Jesus. You can sing songs to the Lord, watch a Bible television series or Bible-based movies, attend events that impart faith and equip you in your calling; sometimes it also means simply resting in His presence and allowing stillness and quietness to permeate your soul.
“…And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?” – 1 Kings 19:11-13
Is it normal to feel spiritual hunger at all times?
While spiritual hunger indicates your desire and longing for more of God in your life, which is a good thing, getting filled also indicates you have taken in good spiritual food through means such as preaching, fellowship, the Word, seminars, and events centered on God.
Spiritual hunger and getting filled must go hand in hand. When a baby is fed milk, he will feel filled in time. The baby doesn’t stay hungry after being fed unless there is a problem such as not being able to digest properly, the milk is spoiled, etc. Similarly, when you don’t get filled after hearing preaching, or your hunger isn’t satisfied after going to events or Christian fellowship, it can mean you have eaten the wrong spiritual food. The Word is either too solid for you to chew on or so soft that your spirit is still left seeking solid spiritual food to deal with the matters of life. That is why getting into mentoring and discipleship is important, as these things will be taught in the process. And, as you mature, you will be able to discern which spiritual food and spiritual teachings are right for you.
That being said, constant hunger is normal in our spiritual walk with God. Just as in time a person gets hungry again after food gets digested and eliminated in the body, we must also be continually hungry for the things of God and His Word for our day-to-day application, lifestyle, and relationship with Him.
“Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4
May the Lord bless you and fill your hunger and thirst as you seek Him and delight in Him.