Bodily desires grow by indulging them. This is particularly true of addictions including those relating to food and drink. Conversely, fasting and abstaining tend to quiet these desires though abstinence may not remove them completely. So too spiritual desires grow by being cultivated and die by being neglected. This is a principal reason for practicing regular prayer such as this quiet time.
Jesus himself drew apart to spend time with his Father and renew his own inner spirit (Mk 1). After all, he had a human mind and heart which needed prayer just as our minds and hearts need prayer. In that dialogue of Jesus with his Father he could grow “in wisdom and age and grace before God and men” (Lk 2). The desires of Jesus’ heart would in time show themselves as a flame which would set fire to the hearts of many including our own. Each day he kindles this fire anew within us.
Lord, kindle your flame in my heart by drawing me to spend time with you. Keep me faithful to my resolve to visit with you. As often as I drift into neglect draw me back and renew your spirit in me.