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One year in youth ministry, I held an event for our youth known as the “30 Hour Famine.” We went for thirty hours without food. We only drank juice. Each young person had adults sponsoring them and the money went to needy children in third world countries.


By about the twentieth hour, I was so hungry and thirsty for something other than juice. It was the first time in my life that I can say I was truly “hungry and thirsty.”


Jesus says that a step toward blessing is to always be hungry and thirsty for the good things of God. For God’s righteousness. Instead of focusing on the things of this world we need to have a great appetite for God. An appetite that makes us want to:

Worship him more than just once a week.

Read his word on a daily basis.

Spend time in intimate prayer.

Serve one another in love.


The resulting blessing will be that we will be filled. We will be filled in a way that nothing in this world can accomplish.