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Intimacy (When you Fast – Part 9)

Jesus said:

But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face so that you may not be seen fasting by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6:17-18 NASB)

What does fasting have to do with intimacy you ask? Walk through this with me for a few minutes.

John the Baptist taught his followers to fast often. As they observed the disciples of Jesus moving from party to party, and carrying away baskets full of food, and pitchers of wine, they began to wonder why their deal  did not include their least favorite part of discipleship – fasting.

Here is how it went down.

Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast." (Matthew 9:14-15 NASB)

So let’s talk about this mourning for a minute. You are probably asking what does mourning have to do with intimacy?

What does it look like to mourn a loved one?

You miss him.

You think about him.

You remember good times you had together.

You long to be close yet again.

Mike Bickle puts it like this: A mourning heart is fiercely discontent and desperately hungry for God.

We can put aside our plates, and press in with our hunger for God.

This type of fast – this intimate fast is – has at it’s core desire. A desire to be closer to Jesus, to be alone with Him, to know Him.

Remember that Hillsong worship song from the 90’s, “I want to know you (more)”

In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness you are there
In the secret, in the quiet hour
I wait only for you
Cause I want to know you more

I want to know you
I want to hear your voice
I want to know you more

I want to touch you
I want to see your face
I want to know you more

I am reaching for the highest goal
That I might receive the prize
Pressing onward, pushing every hindrance aside
Out of my way
Cause I want to know you more

That is exactly what is going on with this fast. We are pushing every hindrance aside, out of the way so we can know Him more (pardon my grammar.)

Thanks for stopping in today.

I hope this is helping.

Tomorrow I will talk about some more of the nuts and bolts of fasting.

See you then.


0 thoughts on “Intimacy (When you Fast – Part 9)

  1. Debbie

    This made a lot of sense to me . often my desire when I can / do fast. Thank you, Ben and God bless you! p.s. have you thought about bundling this as an e-book, when you get done?

        1. Ben Nelson

          The fact is i preached an overview of this a year and a half ago at church, any my pastor suggested something similar - So this was an attempt to flesh it out a bit. (ha - is that irony - fleshing out a book on fasting?)


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