The One Prayer That Changed My Life

The One Prayer That Changed My Life

Looking back over my journey with God, I can pinpoint one specific prayer that was a real game-changer. This one prayer marked the beginning of a shift and was a powerful catalyst that continues to have an impact on my life today, years later.

I distinctly remember the tiny, lamp-lit room with its mismatched furniture where I prayed it, early in the morning.

I remember how scary it felt to even utter the words.

It was a scary prayer because it contained an admission that I didn’t have something I felt a good Christian should have, and that God might be shocked/angry/disappointed when He “found out” that I wasn’t a good Christian.

Silly, right? God already knew, way better than I did myself, the condition of my heart! I wonder how often such irrational fears lurk behind our thoughts and cloud our perception of the goodness of God and of how loved and accepted we are?

It was scary for another reason, too. I had to face my secret fear that God might not want to answer it because He wasn’t interested in me…that I might really not be wanted and accepted.
NOW I realize God was patiently waiting for me to arrive at the place where I could recognize my need, and be honest enough with myself and with Him to lay it at His feet. He had been inviting me to the place where I wanted HIM more than I wanted to be safe, or right. Because the heart of a good father longs to be in close relationship with his children. Each and every one his children. Not because they do the right things, but simply and forever because they are his.

The One Prayer That Changed My Life

I had been reading books like “The God Chasers”, going to hear different revival speakers, and spending time with people who were really seeking God.

On the outside, I was one of them.

On the inside, I realized there was a deficit. I was going through the same motions, but something wasn’t right.

Finally, I realized I didn’t have the same inner drive that I was seeing in those other people.

I lacked hunger. I wanted to have it, and I could pretend I had it, but it wasn’t there.

Hunger, you see, is a driving force.

It’s amazing how much more motivated I am to fix dinner in the evening when I am really hungry. Even knowing my family is hungry and waiting expectantly for something good to come out of the kitchen is not the same.  I love them and want to meet their needs, and I may make dinner as quickly some days, but I know if the inner driving force of my own hunger is not there. I am fulfilling a duty. That’s fine if we’re talking about life responsibilities. But when we’re talking about a love relationship, doing everything out of duty and not desire is a quick trip to the dead-end destination of religion.

I have heard that hunger is caught, not taught.

I believe that, to an extent. We may not even realize we could be different until we are around people who are truly hungry for God.

But it is only by His Spirit that God imparts that gift to us, and uses it to draw us to Himself.

Somehow I knew, even while I was afraid to admit I WASN’T hungry for God, that only God could fix that problem.

So I prayed the one prayer that has changed my life.  I asked God to make me hungry for Him.

That prayer was years ago, and I can honestly say that God answered it, and continues to answer it. I can say along with David that my soul has been “…fully satisfied as with the richest of foods…” (Ps. 63:5).

He has given me the grace to hunger and thirst after Him.

And now I know, when my hunger has been dulled by food of inferior quality – when the things of this world have caused my appetite for God to be lessened – I can go to God again and ask for a reawakening of holy hunger. Click To Tweet

That is a prayer our Father delights to answer.   He longs to be close to us and to fill our lives with the peace and beauty that only come from being “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph 3:19, NIV).

And getting full starts with being hungry.

If you need the gift of hunger for God or to have your hunger reawakened, you’re just one prayer away.  Will you pray with me?

Lord, we can get so full on the lesser things of this world that we don’t even realize we have no appetite for You.  Will you, our loving Father who longs to be close to us, graciously give us the gift of fresh hunger for You?  We want to want Your presence more than anything else, but we can’t manufacture that desire on our own.  Fill us with genuine desire for You, and then fill us “to the measure of all the fullness of God”.

With faith, hope, and love,

Published byChristine

Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn't depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!

16 Comments

  • Ailie

    April 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I love your honesty and how courageous you are. Its beautiful and God honors it so much. I love how you refer to hunger as something that God imparts to us and that we can ask God to help us hunger and thirst for him. Its beautiful. Thanks for sharing

    • Christine

      April 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Thank you so much, Allie! I appreciate your comment! Blessings to you, Christine

  • Diana

    April 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Those who seek the Lord shall want nothing -psalm 34:10 . I love your prayer , Christine. To be hungry for His Word and to be filled by Him. I pray many will pray the same and ‘reawaken their Holy Hunger’

    Blessings
    Diana

    • Christine

      April 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

      Oh Diana, I am praying that along with you! Thanks for commenting!

  • Joanna Mayes

    April 4, 2017 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Christine, I love this! You are so right, when we can be honest with God about our lack He is so faithful to fulfill that need. My prayer is that many will read this and see their own unfilled hunger and pray this prayer!

    • Christine

      April 5, 2017 at 12:38 am Reply

      Amen, Joanna! It sure has changed my life, and if God will do it for me, He will do it for any of His children!

  • Tom

    April 4, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply

    Such a great reminder that we should be hungering and thirsting for more of God. I pray that that will be my constant prayer. I want to always have a hunger for more of God in my life. It is so easy to get stuck in being satisfied with where I am and not want more, but if I am constantly praying for more hunger, God will provide it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christine

      April 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

      I’m right there with you, Tom! Thanks for commenting! May you be blessed with an ever-increasing hunger, and with an overflow of Him.

  • wmunsell11

    April 1, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

    Knowing that I am the Father’s beloved child has made a world of difference in my relationship with Him. I served Him out of duty and fear for decades. Jesus interrupted my do-good mentality with a fresh revelation of His love that has changed everything! How the Father must delight in answering our prayer for our hearts to hunger for Him!

    • Christine

      April 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Yes, Wendy, yes!! Reading your story on your blog was so humbling and inspiring – I hope some of my friends here at The Beautiful Journey will visit you there and read about that powerful transformation!

  • Brenda Wyatt

    April 1, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this prayer! I am that person! I want that hunger, but didn’t quite understand why I didn’t have it. Now I know I need to ask God to put that desire in me. I am so excited!

    • Christine

      April 1, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply

      May He overwhelm you with not just desire for Him, but an overflow of His presence and of joy!

  • Lanette

    March 31, 2017 at 11:41 pm Reply

    This is great Christine! It really made me think about my hunger for the Lord. But it also make me think of the driving force behind my “project” or lack thereof! I too love your writing style. Your sweet spirit and kindness come through so well!!

    • Christine

      March 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment, Lanette! You are a blessing!

  • Angie

    March 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm Reply

    I love that prayer! And I love the thought about how I am happier to cook dinner when I’m really hungry! I really like your writing style!

    • Christine

      March 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, Angie! 🙂 Blessings!

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