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- Audible.com Release Date: February 11, 2009
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Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer Audiobook – Unabridged
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Piper gives an interesting perspective on fasting in changing history (both from the Bible and secular examples), and fasting for world issues, using abortion as his example.
There are no hard and fast rules that he lays down - fasting can be from a day to 40 days, and doesn't have to be fasting from food, but from anything that is a gift from God that we willingly lay aside for a time to seek God more strongly, to say to Him by our fast "I want You THIS much, God!" He makes it clear that fasting does not force God's hand or give us merit, as if God could ever owe us anything.
Overall a good book, but it left me "hungering" to know more on the subject.
What particularly causes me not only to be profoundly happy, but also to crave and long for a sweet precious communion and fellowship with the Lord and so to act accordingly is the comments from some prominent saints; past and present, in regard to fasting at the end of the book, some of which that I consider peculiarly powerful are as follows:
- "... it is right to fast frequently in order to subdue and control the body. For when the stomach is full, the body does not serve for preaching, for praying, for studying, for doing anything else that is good." (Martin Luther)
- "Holy and lawful fasting has three objectives... to weaken and subdue the flesh, or that we may be better prepared for prayers and holy meditations, or that it may be a testimony of our self-abasement before God when we wish to confess our guilt before him." (John Calvin)
- Throughout its course, the life of the godly indeed ought to be tempered with frugality and sobriety." (John Calvin)
- "... although these abstinences give some pain to the body, yet they so lessen the power of bodily appetites and passions, and so increase our taste of spiritual joys, ..."(William Law)
- "...Fasting helps to express, to deepen, and to confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves, to attain the Kingdom of God." (Andrew Murray)
- "When the flesh is satisfied, it is hard to pray with cheerfulness or to devote oneself to a life of service which calls for much self-renunciation." (Dietrich Bonhoffer)
- "Fasting is the most effective help for a religious who has vowed chastity. Fantasies no longer appear during the happy hours of physiological freedom..., and the rest of the time, they are easily controlled and eliminated." (Adalbert DeVogue)
- "... a certain mastery of the primordial appetite, eating, permits a greater mastery of the other manifestations of the libido and agressiveness. It is as if the man who fasts were more himself, in possession of his true identity, and less dependent on exterior objects and the impulses they arouse..." (Adalbert DeVogue)
- "Self indulgence is the enemy of gratitude, and self-discipline usually its friend and generator. This is why gluttony is a deadly sin. The early desert fathers believed that a person's appetites are linked: full stomachs and jaded palates take the edge from our hunger and thirst for righteousness. They spoil the appetite for God." (Cornelius Platinga, Jr.)
and many more profound God-centered views on fasting which I'm afraid if I write further, I might spoil your reading experience. Fasting (and prayer) are a way to be truly happy in God by stripping ourselves of lesser pleasures to gain greater ones, for in his presence is fullness of joy and at his right hand is pleasure forevermore, Amen.
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