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This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 8: Hunger
Our hungers are learned. This means that discipleship is less about study and more about reforming the desires of your heart to good and right ends. What are you hungry for?
“O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.”
Psalm 63:1, New Living Translation (NLT)
Sometimes you’ll hear preachers or other religious leaders say, “Everyone wants to grow closer to God.”
But perhaps that’s not what you’re seeing in the world. Instead of a hunger for God, people have a hunger for Taco Bell, or Levi’s, or simply for people to like and value them.
The word courage comes from the French word for heart, or couer. Courage never means that you don’t feel fear, but that you do the right thing despite your fear. When your heart is strong, you make decisions that are hard, and also good. Otherwise, you simply to do what everyone else is doing, and seek to fill the hungers of your heart with Facebook, or shopping, or some other drug of choice.
How do you train your heart to be strong, and to hunger for the right things? James Smith, author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit writes that “discipleship is a rehabituation of your loves.”
That’s what the Tables project is all about. Building right practices. Forming and reforming the heart for God.
Sunday: Daily Bread
Until recently, it was the custom in many countries to gather food for only one day. Shopping was (and in some place still is) done daily in the market.
What if you only had what you needed for just one day? Would you feel anxious about tomorrow? Let this Michael W. Smith song form your prayer for today…