Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied."

When I think about prayer I often consider this acrostic from Jesus' words:
Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
There seems to be a progression of hunger or thirst in these words found in the seventh chapter of Matthew's gospel.
  • Firstly, there is a prayer that simply asks. Does not seem to be much hunger there. More of a sense of a single prayer offered - not that the prayer isn't earnest and heartfelt. And sometimes there is a repetitive nature to this kind of prayer.
  • Secondly, there is the prayer that seeks. I get the sense that a person turns to seeking when the prayer asked is unanswered. This speaks to me of having a hunger to know God and His will.
  • Lastly, there is the prayer that knocks. It is the way that a person continues asking and seeking until they understand God's will. I think that knocking is the way that a thirsty heart perseveres when it doesn't make sense to his head to do so.
In closing, I think that it is noteworthy to say that what is hungered and thirsted for is righteousness.. being in right relationship with God. And, in my experience, the blessing of righteous satisfaction does not come apart from asking, seeking and knocking.. for that is how we grow closer to God.

I need you Lord. Draw me close to you.


  1. Love your thoughts on this one, Bob.

    I plan to do a lot more asking, seeking and knocking this year... I do long for righteousness and a closer walk in "right living"...This break from church obligations, is giving us more time for personal study, prayer and reflection.

    Love and Hugs


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