"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry."
Matthew 4:1-2
Fasting is an ancient Christian discipline to break the power of the flesh in our life—our desires, sins, and cravings—and feed on the Holy Spirit. In a culture of rampant consumerism and excess, fasting is a practice of resistance. We willingly choose to sacrifice through abstinence so that we might be filled with a greater measure of the Spirit.

When harnessed, these rhythms of self-denial continue to point the Church to dependence on the work of the Spirit.


Going Deeper

Further Reading on the Practice
A Hunger for God: Desiring God
through Fasting and Prayer

by John Piper

Between self-denial and self-indulgence lies the path of fasting. It is this 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.

Listen in

The Trellis Audiobook
The Trellis is available in audiobook format online for those that want to listen on-the-go.

Amidst a culture that insists more is better, we share how a fasting practice can result in a more profound love for God and your neighbor.