- Download the complete Fasting Guide with prayer points and scriptures here.
Well we just got done with praying for 24 hours and now we are going to… Fast! Who’s ready?!
While the average person may have an aversion to not eating food and fasting from things they enjoy, Jesus seemed to think His disciples would do it when He left (Matthew 6:16). The church continued it throughout history as a spiritual discipline. And we are doing it because we want to desire God more than we desire the world. And often times we don’t see the power of God because we more love the world than we love the things of God. John Piper says of fasting:
Christian fasting is not only the spontaneous effect of a superior satisfaction in God; it is also a chosen weapon against every force in the world that would take that satisfaction away.
The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. For all the ill that Satan can do, when God describes what keeps us from the banquet table of his love, it is a piece of land, a yoke of oxen, and a wife (Luke 14:18-20). The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.
That is exactly what we are trying do accomplish over the next 48 hours. We are going to ask God to give us a greater appetite for His presence and power and for that to be a mark our lives and our church. We can confidently enter into this fast because Jesus teaches us in Matthew 5:7 that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” What a promise! So what do we do next?
Get Vision and Plan!
Go to our blog and read over these posts on the practicals of fasting. You can listen to John’s sermon on fasting. You can also find a post with 8 teachings on fasting from John Piper along with his free ebook, A Hunger for God.
The outline for our time spent fasting will take us through the book of Acts and incorporate “blessings” found throughout scripture that we can use to pray over ourselves, our families, and our church. Spend your time reading through the passages in Acts. Reflecting on what the Lord did in the early church when they prayed together, pray that we would also continually see the grace of God increasing in our midst. Then pray the blessing passage.
May you be blessed richly over the next two days as we seek Him together!