My Grace-Full Life

7.18.17 Prayer Prompt: Jesus Satisfies Our Longings

PRAYER PROMPT ••• This past Sunday, our church’s music was centered around old, traditional Gospels that I’ve loved all my life.
The choir sang, “I Love to Tell the Story,” and I woke up with the lyrics on my mind.
The first verse says,”I love to tell the story of unseen things above, Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love; I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true, It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.”
How true, especially the last line — “It satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.”
As we grow in our walk with Jesus, if we’re listening to The direction of the Holy Spirit; obeying God’s law; if we’re earnestly trying to be like Jesus — it never gets old.
In fact, we crave it even more.
Jesus said in John 6:35a, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.”
In 1988, Billy Graham preached a sermon about Jesus’ seven “I am” statements and He summed up “I am the bread of life” brilliantly:

“Bread in the Bible is the symbol of spiritual life. People all over the world are the same; they have an inborn hunger for something, and that something is Christ. People cannot be satisfied with anything less than Christ…This bread satisfies the inner longings and hungers of the human heart.”

And just as we are designed to eat throughout the day, so should we feast ourselves regularly on the Bread of Life.
To eat it once and walk away leaves us dissatisfied.
It’s like going on a diet and clearing the pantry of junk food (sin) and replacing the shelves with healthy options (accepting Christ).
But after a while, if we try to go back to our old eating habits, we will feel miserable and dissatisfied.
We need to consume the healthy foods we have waiting for us (Jesus) in order to feel strong.
Today, as you pray, thank Jesus for being the spiritual bread your soul craves.
Ask Him to keep you focused on Him so you will remain satisfied, never tiring of His goodness.
Then, ask for opportunities to tell of Jesus and His love.

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