The Romance and the Resistance of Fasting

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Christian fasting, at its root, is the hunger of a homesickness for God. . . . Half of Christian fasting is that our physical appetite is lost because our homesickness for God is so intense. The other half is that our homesickness for God is threatened because our physical appetites are so intense. In the first half, appetite is lost. In the second half, appetite is resisted. In the first, we yield to the higher hunger that is. In the second, we fight for the higher hunger that isn’t. 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.

John Piper, Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer, p. 14

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  • http://twitter.com/GlassHouseTheo Glass House Theology

    A great quote and a discipline often overlooked in our modern culture.