Signs of Hunger for GodHunger for God:
It is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit.

  • Hunger is a signal that God is setting you up for an encounter with Him

Something new is on the horizon—but before you step into your destiny, it’s time to catch a fresh revelation of who Jesus is.
And deepen your relationship with Him.

Your Invitation to Dinner

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”
(Rev 3:20 NKJV)

The word dine, means to take the main meal together [1].
Jesus is saying, “I want to feast with you. I want to share all that I am with you.”

Right now, God is calling His people back to intimacy with Him—and so, we are beginning to experience great hunger pangs from the Holy Spirit.

7 Signs of Hunger for God

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Ps 34:8, NIV)

Have you been hungry lately?
To hunger is to have a strong desire or craving for something.
It is that gnawing ache on the inside of you; that sense of need that is not content until it is filled.

In the first level of hunger, you are becoming aware of your need:

1. You are Dissatisfied with the Status Quo

Hunger for God is often characterized by a feeling of discontent.
You sense you are missing something in your relationship with Him.

You are no longer satisfied with the degree to which you have known Jesus. Perhaps your relationship with Him has been drifting.

You begin to feel restless in that discontent, for the Holy Spirit is drawing you closer.

2. A Past Encounter with God Stirs Longing in You

You remember a past encounter with God, and it stirs hunger in you.
You may find yourself yearning for what is behind—the “good old days” of faith.

If you can relate to this, know that God is here for you, both now and in the future.

What you have tasted before, can be yours again—and more! For God always has more for you. He will be fresh food for you.

That longing you have—that hunger—is setting you up for what is to come.
You are on the threshold of a Divine appointment.

3. You are Feeling Weak or Depleted Spiritually

Awareness of your own spiritual weakness can be painful. But within that trial, is an invitation from the Father.

For God has a new strength for you, that can only be found in Him.

When you have been depleted, God will fill you. For there is an infilling that you can only receive as your encounter God in your personal relationship.

Hunger for God is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit!
You are on the verge of a new outpouring.

4. You Realize You Have Lost Your Passion

One sign of hunger for God is that you become aware you have gone “off the boil” in your faith.

You may be able to look back and see a past time in which you were passionately in love with God than you are right now.
Now, you miss the fire and zeal you once had.

This is what happened to the church of Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22). Once upon a time, their love for Jesus had been their supreme focus.
But they had lost their appetite.
They had gone off the boil.

Now, Jesus was visiting them, knocking on the door. And so He is for you.

5. You are Losing Your Appetite for Other “Comforts”

When you become hungry for God, activities that used to comfort and feed you, are losing their attraction.
Unhealthy substitutes no longer satisfy you, as they once did.

You are being drawn by the Holy Spirit to discover that God is your source, your food, your delight.
For it’s time to make Him your primary pursuit.

The Second Level of Hunger for God

Answering Jesus’ knock requires us to move towards the sound of His invitation—and receive Him in.

In the second level of hunger, your desire for God leads you to respond to Him.

  • There comes a moment when your hunger exceeds your hesitations

Now, you move towards the door.

6. You are Being Stirred out of Your Comfort Zone

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jer 29:13, NKJV)

Hunger is an active state, for it results in you seeking out the object of desire that will satisfy your need. Hunger results in motion!

But Jesus’ call to intimacy challenges us. To answer His knock, like Solomon’s maiden, we must stir ourselves from our place of being at rest spiritually. (SOS 5:3).

Now, our attitude shifts. Encountering Him becomes more important than our own comfort.
For our longing for Him has been awakened.

7. You are Turning to the Bible to Encounter God

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103 NIV)

God reveals Himself through the Scripture—and your hunger for Him will inevitably lead you back to His Word.

In the Bible, you discover fresh revelation about Who God is to you, right now!

You wonder that you have not seen these truths before.
You are partaking of fresh food.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matt 5:6 NKJV)

Your Appointment with Jesus

Hear Jesus say, “I have an appointment with you, that will only be kept as you are hungry for me.
I have an appointment with your family, your community, that will only be kept as you seek me.”

Today, declare “Lord, I say “yes” to Your call!
I choose You. I receive You in, Jesus, that You will be front and center in my life. For You alone satisfy me!”

“I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Psalms 63:5 NIV)


[1] i.e. in the original Greek language. See Strong’s G1172

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    © 2020 Helen Calder   Enliven Blog
    Enliven Ministries: in the David McCracken Ministries family

    37 thoughts on “7 Signs of Hunger for God”

    1. Thank you for this word it is so timely in my life. I am desperate for Him I have this longing to reconnect with Him like I did before at some point I went astray but I still seek Him. I miss the person I was with Him. Lord I need you…
      Be blessed

    2. Naomi Testimony

      That longing you have—that hunger—is setting you up for what is to come.
      You are on the threshold of a Divine appointment.

      Thank you so much for sharing this. It reminds me of John 17 where Jesus prayed for us.
      God bless you Helen Calder.

    3. Esperance Masika

      Thank for this revelation. The feeling I have the most is disatisfaction and the past experiences with the Lord. But, I used to go to people(servents of God) expecting them to help me. Thanks to this teaching I understand that I was wrong and now I commit to look for Him. This is what I needed and stll need.
      Many blessings

    4. Hi Helen,
      Thanks for words from God Almighty.
      I am going with the same situation, I need your prayers, I need more grace and mercies of Jesus Christ.
      Thanks for your concern and love for us.
      God bless you abundantly.


      I relate to the 3 signs of hunger for God.
      Thank you woman of God for always bringing the WORD for now. I pray that the zeal for the house of God will consume me because a day spent in the house of God is greater than a thousand spent elsewhere.
      Remain richly blessed.

      Simon Ezenduka

    6. With all 7 signs of Hunger for God I am now related to number 3,4 and 5 may Almighty God restore and strengthen me. Thank you woman of God you are a blessing to us.

    7. 1, 5, 6 & 7 is what I’m relating to now in this list. I am going from a “academic” knowing to a “relationship” knowing and I believe by the Holy Spirit. The intimacy part has been challenging for me because I think it’s having a lot to do with no intimacy with my own earthly Father; there was no such thing. For the most part it’s been just “about” God but not “knowing” Him. I have been coming into that with the Holy Spirit helping me and I can’t say that I have had an “encounter” yet; but I sure would love one!!! I read about those with other believers and my desire for that gets stronger and I think; “Me too Lord, it would be just lovely!” It’s amazing that I went years on that more Academic way and survived the many dangers, trials, tests, etc. to even be where I am today. But yes, this is where I am and I have been pressing in at the divine pause, re-set, whatever one calls it in the wanting to “know” Him for who He is and I’m being refreshed in the process-no fear; just a great peace.

    8. Elizabeth Gideon

      Thanks for this timely words to came to encourage me. I am desperate for God, the hunger for him seems unsatisfied, I need him more than ever,I have surrendered totally to him, let him use me to accomplish his will.Lord am ready for your use

    9. Thank you for this word! It is a call to repentance for me, coming to Jesus and letting go of the idols – other things I’ve worshipped – in my life. Praise God for tellers-of-truth like you!

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