For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. — Jeremiah 2:13
I encourage you to pray this and not be afraid.
“He’s not safe, but He is good.” — C.S. Lewis
1. To be emptied
He must increase and I must decrease. — John 3:30
“Lord, show me as soon as possible (so I can avoid as much damage as possible) how worthless my search for satisfaction is in _____________ .”
“Lord, make me hungry for You!” (which is the positive way of saying, “Empty me.”)
What is your junk food of choice? Identify what you run to when empty and offer that to God as a sacrifice.
2. To be filled
“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” — Psalm 90:14
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” –Psalm 16:11
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.” Psalm 36:7-9
3. For Him to increase our capacity!
“Lord, make me hungry for more of You!”
“Show me your glory!” — Exodus 33:18
“The house of my soul is too narrow for thee to come in to me; let it be enlarged by thee.” — St. Augustine
I want to be filled with all the fullness of God so that I am not hungry. I want my capacity to be full of God and stretched. I want to be filled full with His love. I want an immeasurable sense of His presence. I want to be maxed out with His peace so that I don’t seek peace elsewhere. I want to be filled with His identity (who I am in Him – who He is in me) so I don’t go searching for identity somewhere else. God, I need You to fill me.
John Eldredge says, “If a man does not find his life in God, he will become a very thirsty man. And thirsty men have been known to do some very stupid things.”
And it’s true, God. I have done stupid things, but not because I’m stupid. I have done stupid things because I am hungry and thirsty. I did not know it was You I lacked! I am hungry because I am empty. I am empty because You have not filled me. No fault of Yours. I want to be filled with all Your fullness today.