A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer

A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer

by John Piper
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A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: "This much, O God, I want you."

Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives--whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an arch-enemy. While our hunger for God--and Him alone--is the only thing that will bring victory.

Do you have that hunger for Him? As John Piper puts it: "If we don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you 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.

Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you.

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ISBN-13: 9780891079668
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 07/28/1997
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, God Is the Gospel, and Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.

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A Hunger For God 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have been looking for literature on fasting, you probably know by now that there is not much to be found. John Piper is able to capture the spiritual dicipline in a way that is unlike any other book on fasting that I have read. Piper continues his view from Desiring God being, 'God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied of him.' Piper closely examines our reasons to fast, and we often find that food is not the only thing that we can fast. 'The issue is not food per se. The issue is anything and everything that is, or can be, a substitue for God.'
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