Forty Day Fast
Do you have a hunger for God? If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul's appetite for God. —John Piper We are starting our New Year by asking God to manifest His glory, allowing us to “drink deeply” as the quote above says.
On February 1 the staff and congregation of Maranatha Chapel will begin a 40-Day Fast and we would like to invite you to join us.
Fasting is a biblical practice that gives us the opportunity to focus on the Lord and to find extra time and energy to pray and hear God’s voice and experience His glory.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I recognize that fasting is an individual, personal time between you and the Lord. Choose the fast that is best for you. While fasting means abstaining from food for most people, it can also be abstaining from something else to give you deeper time in prayer and fellowship with the Lord. We do not suggest that anyone abstain from healthy nourishment for forty days, but if you give up something in order to focus on the Lord, that can be a meaningful fast.
St. Augustine recognized this when he wrote, “If you are not able to keep a fast today, at least partake of food with moderation.”
Numerous examples of fasting in the Bible include:
- Moses Fasted Before Receiving the Commandments – Deuteronomy 9:9-18
- David Mourning His Child’s Illness – 2 Samuel 12:1-23
- Elijah Fasted While Escaping Jezebel – 1 Kings 19:4-8
- Ezra Fasted While Mourning Over Sin – Ezra 10:6-17
- Esther Fasted for the Safety of the Jews – Esther 4:15-17
- Daniel Fasted for an Answer to Prayer – Daniel 10:1-3
- Jesus Fasted Before Temptation by Satan – Matthew 4:1-2
- Paul Fasted After His Conversion – Acts 9:1-9
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I like what John Piper said above. Our souls are stuffed with “small things and there is no room for the great.” I can think of nothing greater than hearing God speak and experiencing the manifestation of His glory upon our lives.
Our fast will also impact other lives. John Wesley said, "Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere, and mercy will come down."
Pray and ask the Lord to show you how to fast, then prepare for a wonderful 40 days of experiencing His love in your lives. I am looking forward to hearing and reading the stories that will come from 40 days of fasting and praying together, leading up to the greatest celebration of all— the Resurrection!
May we see His Glory!
To keep a record of your 40-day spiritual journey, we are providing a booklet called “Fast Forty for His Glory.” This journal will lead you through each of the 40 days with a scripture concerning God’s glory and some room to jot down your thoughts. You can also go online and download the booklet HERE.
If you would like to share some of your experiences and insights, post to social media with #mc40DayFast.