A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

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 nutrition and the hazards of idolatry, and to claim with a few basic speedy: "This a lot, O God, i need you." Our appetites dictate the course of our lives--whether it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate wish for possessions or strength, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for something in addition to God might be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the one factor that might convey victory. Do you will 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 chuffed. for the reason that now we have nibbled goodbye on the desk of the realm. Our soul is full of small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're packed with what the realm bargains, then possibly a quick may perhaps show, or perhaps elevate, our soul's urge for food for God. among the hazards of self-denial and self-indulgence is that this direction of friendly ache referred to as fasting. it's the course John Piper invitations you to shuttle during this booklet. For whilst God is the excellent starvation of your middle, he'll be best in every little thing. And if you are so much chuffed in Him, he'll be so much glorified in you.

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With those words Jesus teaches us two things. One is that fasting was, by and large, associated with mourning in that day. It was an expression of brokenheartedness and desperation, usually over sin or over some danger or some deeply longed-for blessing. It was something you did when things were not going the way you wanted them to. But that’s not the situation with the disciples of Jesus. This is the second thing he teaches: the Messiah has come, and his coming is like the coming of a bridegroom to a wedding feast.

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.

Within this “bitter struggle” the believer, in his devotional life, might conceivably find occasion to fast. 23 That’s right. The presence of the Bridegroom through his Spirit, in the triumph of forgiveness and fellowship, does not make fasting negligible, it makes it new. 44 A HUNGER FOR GOD Fasting as an Expression of Dissatisfied Contentment As an act of faith, Christian fasting is an expression of dissatisfied contentment in the all-sufficiency of Christ. It is an expression of secure and happy longing for the all-satisfying fullness of Christ.

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