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A Fast Teaching On Fasting. 19 February 2012. Spiritual Disciplines Overview. meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, celebration. Spiritual Disciplines Overview. Not just for monastics. Normal Christian practice. Fasting.

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A fast teaching on fasting
A Fast Teaching On Fasting

  • 19 February 2012

Spiritual disciplines overview
Spiritual Disciplines Overview

meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, celebration

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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

Not just for monastics

Normal Christian practice


John Wesley – ‘Some have exalted religious fasting beyond all Scripture and reason; and others have utterly disregarded it.’

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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

1) Jesus speaks of fasting in the context of giving and prayer

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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

2) Jesus says, ‘When you fast...’

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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

Examples in Scripture

- Old Testament

- New Testament

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Spiritual Disciplines Overview

4) God’s people throughout history

Purpose of fasting
Purpose of Fasting

1) Hunger for God

Matthew 4:4

John 6:35

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Purpose of Fasting

Why bread? And why hunger and thirst? My answer is very simple: He created bread so that we would have some idea of what the Son of God is like when he says, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35). And he created the rhythm of thirst and satisfaction so that we would have some idea of what faith in Christ is like when Jesus said, “He who believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

~John Piper

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Purpose of Fasting

God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him.

~John Piper

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Purpose of Fasting

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: “This much, O God, I want you.”

~John Piper

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Purpose of Fasting

2) Change for us

John 4:34

1 Corinthians 6:12

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Purpose of Fasting

3) Intercession for others

Hebrews 7:25

Romans 8:26

Practical considerations
Practical Considerations