Fasting Devotion: March 11
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6; cf. Deuteronomy 8:3; Jeremiah 15:6)
The Spirit’s regenerating work creates a hunger for God in the Christian. Fasting is intended to foster this hunger and yearning for God by forcing the Christian to recognize their utter dependence upon God as a nite creature. Fasting is a vivid reminder to the Christian that food does not sustain them. Indeed, “man shall not live by bread alone” (Matt 4:4; cf. Deut 8:3; Jer 15:6). Rather, God sustains the Christian by His Word—the Incarnate Word, Jesus (John 1:1), and the written Word, the Bible (2 Tim 3:16). As Christians are dependent upon physical bread for physical life, so Christians are dependent upon the true bread from heaven—Jesus Christ—for spiritual life (John 6:31, 33, 35, 41). God sustains his people by faith in Jesus Christ. The Christian’s physical need for provision is a reminder of their deeper spiritual need for provision.
Prayer: We are thankful, Father, that you sent your Son, Jesus, to “save his people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). And, we are grateful, Father, that you have counted us among his people by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9). In our Lord Jesus Christ, we have an advocate (1 John 2:1). Thank you for your mercy. We dare to pray, then, Father, that you would create in us a hunger for God. Quench the thirst of our spiritual palates by a fresh awareness of our absolute dependence upon Jesus Christ, our Lord. May we know afresh the saving work of Jesus personally—he died so that we might live. Amen.
*You can download and print our Fasting Guide to keep with you throughout the week or pick one up at our Connection Center this Sunday. The introduction and instructions for your fasting can be found here.
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