Fast a meal or two (or more as the Spirit leads) as a sacrifice unto the Lord. When
your stomach growls with hunger, remember Christ’s suffering for you.
Fasting. Not a favorite subject. Too much denial of my flesh.
Jesus assumed His disciples would fast when he said, “Whenever you fast, don’t be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so their fasting is obvious to people.“
So are we to assume that fasting should be a regular part of our Christian discipline?
My mother fasted on many occasions. It was usually when she was desperate to hear from the Lord. I can remember her preparing lovely meals for dad and me. But she did not eat. It made me aware that she needed God more than she needed her stomach filled.
Fasting, like prayer, is a personal encounter with a personal God. It should not become legalistic. It should not be a badge of honor we wear to show our spirituality. But there is benefit to it. When we fast, we lay aside our most basic need, hunger, for a deeper spiritual hunger.
Now I recognize that some people cannot fast food for medical reasons. But there are any number of things we can substitute. What is it that you love more than anything? Can you deny yourself for 12 hours or a full day?
Perhaps we will recognize that what we really need cannot be satisfied by food or drink or anything in this material world. We can only be satisfied with Jesus.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
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