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The weakness of hunger which leads to death brings forth the goodness and power of God who wills life. Here there is no extortion, no magic attempt to force God’s will. We merely look with confidence upon our heavenly Father and through our fasting say gently in our hearts: “Father, without you I will die; come to my assistance, make haste to help me.” —JOSEPH WIMMER Fasting in the New Testament1

The Son of God began his earthly ministry with a forty-day fast. This should give us pause. Especially if we—who are not God— have moved into ministry heedless of the battle we may have to fight. JOHN PIPER

Our seasons of fasting and prayer at the Tabernacle have been high days indeed; never has Heaven’s gate stood wider; never have our hearts been nearer the central Glory.” CHARLES SPURGEON

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