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Fasting Together: A Guide for January 2019

Fasting for Greater Delight in God

This year we will fast together on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning January 8. We encourage you to fast beginning after dinner on Monday, skip breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, then break the fast by eating dinner on Tuesday.

Each month our fasting will focus on a different aspect of loving God’s glory, God’s people and God’s world. This month, our fasting and prayer focus will be personal growth in loving God’s glory by delighting in the goodness and the character of God.

Below are resources about fasting, and also resources to help focus your prayers for greater delight in God.

Fasting and Meditating

"Fasting for Beginners" by David Mathis (Desiring God)

"How Do I Delight Myself in the Lord?" by John Piper

Fixing the Mind: A Guide to Meditation

Delighting in God

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (Ps 92:1, 4)

Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory (1 Pet 1:8)

Delighting in God

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. (Ps 63:1-3)

Delighting in Jesus Christ

Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col 1:27)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20)

Delighting in the Spirit

You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Rom 8:15-16)

Longings After God (a prayer from Valley of Vision)

My Dear Lord,

I can but tell thee that thou knowest
    I long for nothing but thyself,
    nothing but holiness,
    nothing but union with thy will.
Thou hast given me these desires,
  and thou alone canst give me the thing desired.
My soul longs for communion with thee,
  for mortification of indwelling corruption,
    especially spiritual pride.
How precious it is
  to have a tender sense and clear apprehension
    of the mystery of godliness,
    of true holiness!
What a blessedness to be like thee
  as much as it is possible for a creature
    to be like its Creator!
Lord, give me more of thy likeness;
Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness;
Engage me to live more for thee.
Help me to be less pleased with my spiritual
    experiences,
  and when I feel at ease after sweet communings,
  teach me it is far too little I know and do.
Blessed Lord,
  let me climb up near to thee,
  and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle
    with thee,
  and pant for deliverance from the body of sin,
  for my heart is wandering and lifeless,
  and my soul mourns to think it should ever
    lose sight of its Beloved.
Wrap my life in divine love,
  and keep me ever desiring thee,
  always humble and resigned to thy will,
  more fixed on thyself,
  that I may be more fitted for doing
    and suffering.