“Love is kindled in a flame, and zeal is its fuel. Flame is the air that true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire. It can withstand anything except a weak flame.
A lack of passion in prayer is a sure sign of the lack of depth and intensity of desire. To reduce fervor is to retire from God. He can and will pardon sin when the repentant one prays. Fire is the motivating power in prayer.
Religious principles that do not come out of the fire have neither force nor effect. Passion is the soul of prayer.”
– E.M. Bounds
“For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness”
“It is well to have longing, and the more intense they are the better. The Lord will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all absorbing they may be. Let us greatly long, for the Lord will greatly give. We are never in a right state of mind when we are contented with ourselves, and are free from longings. Desires for more grace and groanings which cannot be uttered, are growing pains, and we should wish to feel them more and more. Blessed Spirit make us sigh and cry after better things and for more of the best things.
Hunger is by no means a pleasant sensation. Yet blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Such persons shall not only have their hunger relieved with a little food, but they shall be filled” – Charles Spurgeon
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple”
The primary difference between the Old Covenant and the New is that the new is full of provision and grace. The call to righteousness, holiness and truth have not changed. The desire of the righteous is to abide and live within the tabernacle of Christ. He is our fortress, our stronghold and our salvation. Those who have truly risen in Him desire the experiential abiding within His courts of love and glory.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above”
The validity of our being risen with Christ will be revealed in our seeking of the things above; this requires a forsaking of the things below. The desire to abide in Him and dwell with Him necessitates a setting of our affections on things above. The nature of any life is revealed by the thing it covets. An earthly man seeks and desires the things of earth (even while professing spiritual things). A heavenly man seeks and desires those things which are found only in Christ.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth”
There is a call in the Spirit to heavenly things and they which are of that Spirit hear and find grace to yield themselves to its directive. Those who are of the Spirit walk and live with a passion and desire for Him. Those who are of the earth live and pursue their passions for earthly things. It is not the words spoken but the life lived whereby the nature of an individual is known.
“The desire of the righteous is only good”