How to Pursue Intimacy with God through Prayer and Fasting

A new series just started this Sunday – How to Pursue Intimacy with God. For me, this comes very timely as my heart is heavy and my soul hungers to learn more about God.

Pastor Peter asked – if you were to ask God today, what is the one biggest desire that you will ask of Him? In Psalm 27:4 (NIV), King David answered this:

 4 One thing I ask from the LORD,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.

At this time, King David was running from Saul for his life. His parents deserted him and he was surrounded by enemies. But He did not ask for his life, riches, revenge or anything in this world. He instead asked for a life of of intimacy with God.

Our restless soul is proof that God exists – we are made to worship God. But many times, our lives are too full of the little good things in life that we miss out on the big thing. Most of us are living in “quiet desperation” and we refuse to take the time to look within. We look at the world and make ourselves busy with worldly activities only to end with no real peace.  John Piper says, “The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie. It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night… For when these replace an appetite for God Himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable.”

This week is CCF’s Prayer and Fasting week. God expects us to fast. Matthew 6:16-17 says,

   16When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face…

Fasting makes us sensitive to the Holy Spirit and hear God’s voice when He speaks to us.  When we fast, we should seek the Lord and let Him guide us. O. Hallesby says, “To pray is to open the door unto Jesus and admit Him into your distress. Your helplessness is the very thing which opens wide the door unto Him and gives Him access to all your needs.”

Have a blessed week!

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