I have benefited greatly in my walk with God from the preaching of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. His commentaries, which are sermons preached, have been insightful and helpful. His book, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure, has been a balm and encouragement to my soul countless times. Don’t be confused by the title, one does not have to be depressed to benefit from this book. I have learned from pretty much all that I have read from his pen. You can learn more about his life and ministry here.
The Martyn Lloyd-Jones Recording Trust has established a website that I have found particularly helpful. One page on their site that I use often is his Daily Readings. Each day there is a concise reflection from one of his books of sermons, compiled for a book that is no longer in print. I have it on my internet tool bar for easy access. All you have to do is click on the Daily Readings button on the website and it will take you right to today’s reading. The May 6 reading was on hungering and thirsting after God, taken from his Studies on the Sermon on the Mount. I hope you find benefit from a portion of this reading below, as I have from all of his ministry.
“Let me quote some words of the great J. N. Darby which I think put this exceedingly well. He says, ‘To be hungry is not enough; I must be really starving to know what is in His heart towards me.’ Then comes the perfect statement of the whole thing. He says, ‘When the prodigal son was hungry he went to feed upon husks, but when he was starving, he turned to his father.’ Now that is the whole position. To hunger and thirst really means to be desperate, to be starving, to feel life is ebbing out, to realize my urgent need of help.”