Throughout the scriptures the practice of fasting is commended to God’s people. Why? What is the purpose of abstaining from food or drink or some other good thing? Often, we think of fasting as a discipline for the mature, some mysterious conjuring of divine presence for those who are deeply spiritual. But, in truth, fasting is not a tool for increasing divine presence, but rather one for revealing His presence with us all the while. It is not reserved for those who want more of God, but instead offered to anyone who would discover that all of God is all of ours. He has poured out his Spirit on all flesh. He has lavished us with himself. Fasting is the removal of lesser comforts so that we might discover the ever-present eternal Comforter.