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Fasting as the Counterpart to the Lord's Supper (Fasting Edition #170)

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Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from Andrew Bonar. He said: "Fasting [is] abstaining from anything that hinders prayer."

Our fasting devotional today is titled "FASTING AS THE COUNTERPART TO THE LORD'S SUPPER" from John Piper, author of the bestselling book "A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer".

I wonder if the Lord means for fasting to be a counterpart to the Lord's Supper. Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of me." By eating we remember that Jesus has come and died for our sins. But by not eating—by fasting—we say: yes, but the bridegroom is not here. He was here, and he loved us to the uttermost. And we can eat and even celebrate with feasting because he has come. But this we also know: he is not here as he once was. And his absence is painful. The sin and misery of the world is painful. The people of Christ are weak and despised—like sheep in the midst of wolves. We long for him to come again and take up his throne and reign in our midst and vindicate his people and his truth and his glory. So the feasting of the Lord's Supper expresses what has happened; and our fasting expresses what has not yet happened.