The latest episode of the Radical Together podcast is now up, and in it David Platt talks about the much-neglected spiritual discipline of fasting. Along with prayer and the Word, which we've been looking at over the past few months, fasting reminds us of our dependence on God, and it increases our love for him. In this episode David defines biblical fasting as follows:
The periodic putting aside of food (and maybe even water for a time) as a physical expression of a spiritual reality–the expression that, more than our bodies are dependent on food, our lives and our souls are dependent on God.
Whether we're facing a major decision or simply seeking to be faithful to God on a daily basis, this week's podcast episode is designed to help us see that fasting should be a normal expression of the believer's trust in God. As David points out, Jesus himself begins addressing the topic in Matthew 6:16 by saying, "When you fast . . .", not "If you fast." However, if fasting sounds like a chore or a burden, or maybe even like a foreign concept, then you'll want to tune in to this week's episode to find out how fasting can be a way of feasting on God.
For more on the topic of fasting, you can also check out Session 2 of Secret Church 14: The Cross and Everyday Life. (If you tune in at the 60:00 mark, you'll catch David's teaching on fasting.) To see past episodes of the Radical Together podcast, or to keep up with new ones, go here. You can subscribe via iTunes by going here.