True spiritual hunger and thirst can be lost under layers of false comforts that don’t adequately satisfy. Identify your deepest needs (e.g. acceptance, intimacy, significance, comfort, peace, love, etc) and recognise the false ways you’ve sought to meet them. Be honest about this with God, and repent.
Don’t be afraid of your desires – they are not too strong for God. Share your needs with God, and earnestly seek for them to be met by Him. Hunger and thirst for them to be met righteously. “my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you…” (Psalm 63)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
C. S. Lewis: It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
John Piper: Desires for other things – there’s the enemy… The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavoury, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with ‘other things’.
Isaiah 55:2-3 (MSG)
Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.
2 Corinthians 5:5 (MSG)
The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what's ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we'll never settle for less.
John 6:35 (NIV)
“I am the bread of life," Jesus said. "He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never be thirsty"