A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer


By John Piper, Foreword by David Platt, Francis Chan

A Hunger for God

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A Hunger for God: Desiring God through Fasting and Prayer


By John Piper, Foreword by David Platt, Francis Chan

Our appetites dictate the direction of our lives—whether it be the cravings of our stomachs, the passionate desire for possessions or power, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for the Christian, the hunger for anything besides God can be an archenemy, while our hunger for God—and him alone—is the only thing that will bring victory.

Do you have that hunger for Him? As John Piper puts it: “If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God.

Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is this path of pleasant pain called fasting. It is the path John Piper invites you to travel in this book. For when God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you.


John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeThis Momentary MarriageA Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

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Table of Contents:

Introduction: A Homesickness for God
1. Is Fasting Christian?: New Fasting for the New Wine
2. Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone: The Desert Feast of Fasting
3. Fasting for the Reward of the Father: Jesus’ Radical God-Orientation in Fasting
4. Fasting For the King’s Coming: How Much Do We Miss Him?
5. Fasting and the Course of History: A Call for Discernment and Desire
6. Finding God in the Garden of Pain: A Different Fast for the Sake of the Poor
7. Fasting for the Little Ones: Abortion and the Sovereignty of God over False Worldviews
Conclusion: Why Does God Reward Fasting
Appendix: Quotes and Experiences


Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 208
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3726-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3726-4
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.88 ounces
Published: April 30, 2013