The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.
Proverbs 16:26 (NIV)
Remember, the whole point of fasting is to make you hungry.
You probably have never experienced deep, desperate, unremitting hunger; the type of hunger that threatens your very existence.
That is why you must fast.
That is why a long fast, like a forty-day fast is so helpful.
After two or three weeks of willingly depriving yourself true hunger begins to grow in you. Not the shallow hunger that we are familiar with—the hunger that makes us picky and fussy so that we send the plate back because our steak is not cooked right.
No, the type of hunger you and I need is the hunger that breaks through our selfish desires and preferences and gets us to the point we are so hungry we will gladly accept the manna of heaven. The type of hunger that says, “Yes Lord! I am desperate, feed me from your table.”
- Prayer: Oh God, forgive me of my prideful connoisseur Christianity that insists you feed me according to my desires and preferences. The pride that says the music must be to my liking and the sermon must be riveting and entertaining; the pride that insist on food that requires low commitment and high return; the pride that insists on no pain but much gain.
- Father God, feed me from your table. If it includes a cup from Gethsemane I will drink it. If it includes bearing a Cross, I will bear it. I am tired of empty calories; I want food that satisfies the deep longings of my soul.
“The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night.” ― John Piper, A Hunger for God