Spiritual hunger is the first step toward a powerful life. Hunger leads to passion and passion leads to power.
Once, when Jesus and the disciples traveled through Samaria on the way to Galilee, they stopped at a well in a Samaritan town. The disciples went into the city to buy some food but Jesus stayed at the well. A local Samaritan woman came to the well for water. We never learn her name, but from her story we learn something about spiritual hunger.
The woman was surprised when Jesus asked her for a drink of water because Jews didn’t talk to Samaritans. But she was even more surprised when Jesus began to tell her details about her life. Jesus knew that she had been married five times and that the man she was living with wasn’t her husband. When Jesus told the woman that He was the Messiah, she was too excited to care about getting water from the well. She left her jar behind and ran into town telling everyone what she had just experienced.
Samaritans only followed the first five books of the Bible. They didn’t have the whole truth. But they were hungry. They wanted more. When the men of the town heard the woman’s words, they went out to see Jesus for themselves. Notice that when the disciples went to town, they didn’t bring back people who needed to be healed or someone they had raised from the dead or someone that needed deliverance. All they brought back was lunch. But when the Samaritan woman went to town, she brought the whole town back with her to hear the good news of Jesus.
While the people of Samaria gathered around Jesus, the disciples urged Jesus to eat. Jesus said, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work.” (John 4:34 NLT). You see, the disciples wanted to fill their bellies with food but God wanted to fill a city with revival.
We can become like that today – so full that we have no hunger for more of God and no passion for His work. We can easily become so full of ourselves that we need to be emptied through fasting and prayer. Physical hunger can bring back spiritual hunger. If you break through with spiritual hunger and passion, power will be released. Where there is hunger, there is passion. And where there is passion, there is power. Whenever we see the release of power in the Bible, it follows someone so hungry and passionate for God that they didn’t care what others thought.
God is looking for people who will not lose their hunger and who will not lose their passion. Those are the people He can bless in abundance. They are people who God can increase. And the more God increases them, the hungrier, the more passionate they become and the more kingdom power will be released as a result.
If you want to live a life filled with God’s power, remember: Hunger leads to passion. Passion leads to power.