Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” (Luke 4.1-4 NIV)
“The more I learn from fasting the more I see that Jesus actually stood at his strongest when his belly was empty. Jesus is in peak condition, a fighter who has been training hard… Jesus’ swift and unflinching rebuttal to the devil is to quote from Deuteronomy 8:3: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.’ … If you never fast, then the whole concept of being wholly nourished and sustained by God’s word will be only a nice, sweet and totally irrelevant idea… And worse: if you never fast, you may not stand when the day of testing and temptation comes. Consumption is killing us. Go fast and live.” (M. Buchanan, “Go Fast and Live: Hunger as Spiritual Discipline”)
Prayer: Lord, fill us with the Holy Spirit. Lead us and we will follow you. Teach us what it means to not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s sing “The Secret Place” by Phil Wickham (click here)