Key Verse: I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:10
John Piper speaking on the verse ‘Man should not live by bread alone’ wrote: ‘What are we slaves to? What are our bottom-line passions? Fasting is God’s testing ground – and healing ground. Will we murmur as the Israelites murmured when they had no bread? Will be leave the path of obedience and turn stones into bread? Or will we “live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God?” Fasting is a way of revealing to ourselves and confessing to God what is in our hearts.’
That’s what I think fasting is at heart. It is an expression of finding our greatest pleasure and enjoyment in God. It is a declaration that nothing compares to Him. No food, no television, no internet nothing!
God was clear, the first of the Ten commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3. But throughout our lives we allow things to sneak in and take control of areas that belong to God. Fasting is an opportunity to prioritize our lives so that nothing takes the place that belongs to God.
Additionally, there are many who express a desire to know God more, yet truthfully their desire is limited. We say often say we want to know Christ more, but we don’t make it a priority. Often checking facebook is more important to us that reading God’s word. To watch our favorite TV show is more important that spending time in prayer. Fasting is a way of correcting this. In Philippians 3:10 Paul writes “For my determined purpose is that I may … progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Christ.
True Biblical fasting focuses on God. It centres our total being on Him, our attitudes, our actions, our motives, desires, and words.