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In two recent sermons, we discussed the practice of fasting. If you missed these sermons, you can catch up on our Sermons page (see sermons called “Hunger for God” and “Adventures in Missing the Point“) or by subscribing to our podcast.

For some, thinking about this biblical and spiritual discipline may be new. We want to pass along some resources to help you in your study and (hopefully) to help you in your own attempts at fasting. Like any new discipline, this will not come naturally. It will take practice. That’s normal. We trust that over time you will come to value it in your relationship with God.

The following are generally arranged from easiest to hardest (or maybe it’s better to think of it as shortest time investment to longest). Though Scripture is the only completely reliable guide for our lives, we hope these supplemental resources will prove helpful to you as well.

“Fasting for Beginners” – Article by David Mathis
A short, helpful, practical guide for those who new to fasting.

“Why Do Christians Fast?” – Interview with John Piper
A 12 minute audio clip of Pastor John Piper talking about fasting.

A Celebration of Discipline – Book by Richard Foster
While we might differ on some matters, this book on the spiritual life from the contemplative tradition includes a helpful chapter on fasting.

A Hunger for God – Book by John Piper
A wonderful exploration of the Bible’s teaching about fasting to shape your heart and life.