Monday, September 7, 2009

quotes of the week #12 (fasting edition)

Last week was a busy week (started trying to post this last Friday), but an AWESOME week for sure. God has rocked my world this past week! Here's a little bit about the beginning of this journey & my attempt at developing my "theology of fasting" that you can read about HERE.

Today is the "famous" (haha) quotes of the week. A little different though because they are all about this idea of fasting that I am exploring. Most of them are from Piper's book that I mentioned here.
Here are my fav quotes:

"The weakness of our hunger for God is not because He is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with 'other things.' ... What we hunger for most, we worship." - John Piper, pastor & author.

"I believe that nothing else can compare with the supernatural power released when we fast and pray." - the late Bill Bright, founder of campus crusade

"Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking for forgiveness, and making our requests known--considering HIS help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas." - Edith Schaeffer, author & widow to the late great Francis Schaeffer

"The state of the times extremely requires a fullness of the divine Spirit in ministers, and we ought to give ourselves no rest till we have obtained it. And in order to do this, I should think ministers, above all persons, ought to be much in secret prayer and fasting, and also much in praying and fasting one with another... earnestly seeking for those extraordinary supplies of divine grace from heaven..." - Jonathan Edwards, Puritan pastor & leader of the Great Awakening & said by many to be the greatest American mind EVER...

"Fasting has so frequently been found a means in the hand of God, of confirming and increasing chastity, seriousness of spirit, earnestness, sensibility and tenderness of conscience, deadness to the world, and consequently the love of God, and every holy and heavenly affection." - John Wesley, another leader of the Great Awakening + father of several evangelical denominations

"Fasting is only a way which God hath ordained, wherein we wait for His unmerited mercy; and wherein, without any desert of ours, He hath promised freely to give us His blessing." - John Wesley

"Fasting can deepen hunger for God to work. Spiritual hunger and fasting have a reciprocal power. Each deepens and strengthens the other. Each makes the other more effective. - Wesley Duewel, author on prayer & President of OMS International
"To love fasting is not only possible. In the light of the facts, I will go so far as to say that the contrary appears impossible to me, to whatever degree one has truly experienced fasting. Experience fasting, and you will love it." - Adalbert de Vogue, 20th century monk.

"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, South African pastor & missionary

"If you 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 you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the Great. God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened." - John Piper, pastor & author.

There's just a few quotes I've been pondering while reading and studying about fasting this past week.

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