Spirituality is man’s conscious longing for God. The engaged mind, illuminated by truth, awakens awareness; the engaged heart, affected by love, awakens passion. it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel the longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.
I discovered that many peoples appetite for God is down because of how politics shaped our world today. They succeeded in creating hardship in many countries that is given birth to brutal men everywhere, no more regard for God and many false teachings and haters of those who are good confirming the word of God in 2Timothy 3:1 following. Not withstanding, we must be straighten by the word of God which gave us the expo of what is going to happen on the last day, the love of God will grow cooled, knowing that you are not yet a champion until you win to be resolute.
Yearning, hunger and thirst are natural expressions of the basic human desire and need for food and water. One of the clear indicators that something is wrong physically is when we lose our appetite. It is the same spiritually. To hunger and thirst for God is at the very root of our being. It’s the way God made us. When there is no hunger for the presence of God, it is an indicator that something is wrong spiritually. Because that hunger is so basic to human nature, it often finds fulfillment in other areas rather than in seeking God. Much as eating unhealthy food can dull physical appetite, so that which is not of God can dull our spiritual appetite.
This happens to non-Christians as they look for happiness and fulfillment in any area except in their relationship with God. It may be in human relationships, quest for power or money, or escape to physical pleasure. The saddest examples, however, there are Christians who allow their appetite for God to be dulled by other things. Even our churches are filled with believers who are so satiated by activities, programs and projects that they no longer have a hunger for God.
So many people today snack their way through the day on “junk-food” activities and then find they have no time to “feast” with God. We complain about our “busyness” and tiredness, but that is typically a spiritual problem more than a problem of schedule. We desire everything except God. We take God in small doses throughout the day and week and somehow hope that on Sunday we can “catch up” on our time with the Lord.
The deep longing of our heart is a longing that proceeds from the very core of our being.
It’s that kind of deep longing that I recognize in Bartimaeus. We see it first in the urgency with which he calls out to Jesus. He will not be deterred by onlookers who try to quiet him. He has a need and he is desperate to make Jesus aware of it. His shouts reach the ears of Jesus, and Jesus responds by turning towards him. When Bartimaeus hears that Jesus is approaching, he throws off his cloak, the garment he would have spread before him to collect alms, and springs to his feet. He is eager and ready.
A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.
Prayer gives us space and opportunity to look deep within ourselves, to discover and name our deepest desires, to examine our true priorities, and to determine which choices are congruent with the person we want to become and that God wants us to become. Quieting ourselves in prayer, seeking God’s guidance and wisdom, we descend into that deep place within ourselves, that part of us that makes choices, to discover what it is that we truly yearn after. It may not be at all what we assume it is. We may be surprised at the hidden forces of desire that rule our hearts.
We may even be shocked and embarrassed by what we find there. But discovering and naming the desires at work within us gives us the freedom to choose whether to cooperate with them or to reject them. It gives us the space and perspective we need to consciouslymake choices that are in line with the deepest and most authentic desires of our hearts, those desires that are truly from God. Prayer gives us the gift of knowing ourselves. It offers us the power to shapeour lives by choosing according to the yearnings we have consciously embraced as being congruent with our truest selves. In prayer the Spirit reveals to us the ways of God, ways which often are in opposition to the ways of the world around us.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:3-4. I believe that you become what you desire.