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 meals and the hazards of idolatry, and to claim with a few basic quickly: "This a lot, O God, i would like you." Our appetites dictate the path of our lives--whether it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate hope for possessions or strength, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for something in addition to God will be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the one factor that would convey victory. Do you've that starvation for Him? As John Piper places it: "If we do not suppose powerful wants for the manifestation of the consideration of God, it's not since you have inebriated deeply and are happy. the reason for this is that we now have nibbled goodbye on the desk of the area. Our soul is filled with small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're jam-packed with what the area deals, then might be a quick may perhaps show, or perhaps bring up, our soul's urge for food for God. among the hazards 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 commute during this ebook. For whilst God is the ideally suited starvation of your center, he'll be preferrred in every thing. And while you're so much chuffed in Him, he'll be so much glorified in you.

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Christian Fasting Affirms the Goodness of Food This is why the warnings we raised earlier from Paul’s letters are not really objections against Christian fasting, but only against its distortions. “God has created [food] to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:3-5). Paul’s praise for the goodness of food, and for the freedom that Christians have to enjoy it, is not a contradiction of Christian fasting.

Perhaps I had never desired a work of God with the same intensity. . His body is marked by many 40-day fasts during his long spiritual leadership of God’s work in Asia. Also, however, I haven’t seen the miracles Dr. Kim has. Dr. Lundquist told about one of the “Burning Heart” retreats that he was leading when he saw a seminary senior not eating. He asked him if he was all right and learned that the student was near the end of a twenty-one-day fast as part of seeking God’s leading for the next chapter of his life.

Fasting is not a no to the goodness of food or the generosity of God in providing it. Rather, it is a way of saying, from time to time, that having more of the Giver surpasses having the gift. If a husband and wife resolve to give up sexual relations for a season to deal earnestly with a problem keeping them at odds, this is not a condemnation of sex but an exaltation of love. Food is good. But God is better. Normally we meet God in his good gifts and turn every enjoyment into worship with thanksgiving.

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