By John Piper
There's an urge for food for God. And it may be woke up. I invite you to show from the dulling results of meals and the risks of idolatry, and to assert with a few easy quick: "This a lot, O God, i need you." Our appetites dictate the course of our lives--whether or not it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate hope for possessions or energy, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for whatever in addition to God might be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the one factor that would convey victory. Do you might have that starvation for Him? As John Piper places it: "If we do not think robust wishes for the manifestation of the distinction of God, it isn't since you have under the influence of alcohol deeply and are happy. it's because we've got nibbled see you later on the desk of the area. Our soul is full of small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're packed with what the area bargains, then possibly a quick may possibly convey, or maybe elevate, our soul's urge for food for God. among the risks of self-denial and self-indulgence is that this direction of friendly discomfort referred to as fasting. it's the direction John Piper invitations you to trip during this publication. For whilst God is the ultimate starvation of your middle, he'll be ideal in every thing. And while you're such a lot happy in Him, he'll be so much glorified in you.
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We claim liberty from all legal compulsion, from self-martyrdom and mortification and play this off against the proper evangelical use of discipline and asceticism; we thus excuse our self-indulgence and irregularity in prayer, in meditation and in our bodily life. But the contrast between our behavior and the word of Jesus is all too painfully evident. 5 Joy in God is the strength to walk with Jesus from the wilderness to the cross and into eternal life. But maintaining that joy against its most subtle and innocent rivals is a lifelong struggle.
Fasting Does Belong in the Kingdom of God This understanding of Christian fasting answers all the concerns raised earlier by Keith Main. He said that “the prayer life of the New Testament is a sign of the inbreaking of the kingdom of God. ”22 We see now that this is an overstatement. Yes, the kingdom has broken in. Yes, there is a deep drinking even now on the end-time glory manifest in Christ and experienced by his Spirit. But, no, this is not so full and uninterrupted that aching and longing and desiring are completely overcome.
We hunger for so much more. That is why we fast. Is Fasting the Old Wineskin That Has to Go? But then Jesus says something very crucial in Matthew 9:16-17. He puts together two images, one about patched garments, and the other about worn-out wineskins. “But no one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and a worse tear results. Nor do men put new IS FASTING CHRISTIAN? ” The patch of unshrunk cloth and the new wine represent the new reality that has come with Jesus—the Kingdom of God is here.
A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper