My pastor recently pointed me to this quote from Jentezen Franklin’s book Fasting. In this section, Franklin is reflecting on Matthew 12:1-8, where the Pharisees were rebuking Jesus’ disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath, during a time when they had devoted themselves to seeking the Lord and learning from Jesus.
“But when you hunger for more [of God] you will receive more. God will break all the religious rules for you. Perhaps someone has told you, ‘with your background God can’t use you’ or ‘because you’re a woman you can’t preach’ or ‘ you don’t have the right connections to do what you want to do.’ When you hunger for God, He will break the rules of man and cause his favor to come on your life.
Anybody can be normal. Normal is overrated. Someone has to say, ‘but I want more. Lord, I’m hungry. I’m going to have to push tradition aside. I’m going to have to push religious rules aside. I’m going to have to push all of the rituals aside because I’m starving to death, and I just can’t do ‘church as usual’ any longer.’ [We must] show God that we are serious. We must get to the place where we are desperate for God again. We must begin to desire Him more than food or drink. Let us be filled with the Bread of Life instead of the refuse of religion.”
– Jentezen Franklin, Fasting, pg 84-85