Today, several folks from 7MR will be fasting throughout the day and seeking the Lord in prayer. Here’s a blurb from A Hunger for God by John Piper that captures what we’re trying to get at today.
(In reference to Acts 13:1-4)
The situation is that Paul and Barnabas and some of the other leaders in the church in Antioch were worshiping and fasting (vs. 2). Judging by what happened we may assume, I think, that the burden they had as a team in the church was this: ‘Where do we go from here as a church?’ They were fasting to seek the leading fo the Holy Spirit in the direction of their mission.
The upshot was more magnificent than any master planning effort the church has ever undertaken. They were hungry enough for God’s leading that they wanted to say it with the hunger of their bodies and not just the hunger of their hearts. ‘We want you and we want your leading, O God! O Holy Spirit, what is your will for the mission of this church? We want to see you and follow you more than we want to eat.’