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 foodstuff 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 or not it's the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate wish for possessions or energy, or the longings of our spirits for God. yet for the Christian, the starvation for whatever in addition to God may be an arch-enemy. whereas our starvation for God--and Him alone--is the one factor that might convey victory. Do you have got that starvation for Him? As John Piper places it: "If we do not consider powerful wants for the manifestation of the distinction of God, it's not since you have under the influence of alcohol deeply and are happy. for the reason that we've got nibbled see you later on the desk of the area. Our soul is filled with small issues, and there's no room for the great." If we're filled with what the realm bargains, then might be a quick may well exhibit, or maybe bring up, our soul's urge for food for God. among the risks of self-denial and self-indulgence is that this course of friendly soreness referred to as fasting. it's the direction John Piper invitations you to commute during this publication. For whilst God is the ultimate starvation of your middle, he'll be superb in every little thing. And while you're such a lot happy in Him, he'll be so much glorified in you.

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And our salvation was accomplished through perseverance by fasting. The Reenactment of Israel’s Testing in the Wilderness Now to see the fuller meaning of this, we must look at the book of Deuteronomy. Each time Jesus responded to the three temptations of the devil in the wilderness he quoted from Deuteronomy. “Man shall not live by bread alone”— Deuteronomy 8:3. “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”— Deuteronomy 6:16. “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve”—Deuteronomy 6:13.

As long as we are finite and fallen, Christian faith will mean both delighting in the (past) incarnation and desiring the (future) consummation. It will be both contentment and dissatisfaction. And the dissatisfaction will grow directly out of the measure of contentment that we have known in Christ. 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.

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.

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