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12/10/2011

Fasting: A pig's perspective!

About two weeks before this Season of Prayer, Fasting & Giving, I was asked to talk to our youth about fasting. Great, so I've got to talk to a bunch of teenagers about giving up food, and if that's not daunting enough, I've never fasted in my life… Gulp!

But that week I did a fast and the talk, and here's a summary:

  1. What is fasting? Fasting is to abstain from all or some food, Eastenders, etc., voluntarily. It's replacing time spent elsewhere with time in God's presence. It puts you in control of your body, and is a time devoted to focusing on God.
  2. Why Fast? Firstly, it's a great way keep yourself in alignment with God. Secondly, it empowers us and is a clear sign of our obedience and trust. And thirdly, when the Spirit led Jesus into wilderness, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights, then Satan tempted Him (predictable!), but Jesus said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word from the mouth of God.'" So food physically keeps you alive, but God spiritually gives you life.

Fasting is a way of declaring that your hunger for God is far greater than any other, and that when we are in His presence, we feed from Him. Once we have consumed all our appetites can manage, we digest it all: spiritual gifts are extracted and absorbed into our bodies and His love is pumped straight to our hearts.

And the best thing about this is that every time we encounter God in this way, our appetites increase, so let's be greedy for God! Let's live off His Word and, in doing so, gain clarity in his plans and promises.

Reading: Matthew 4:1-4
Next Prayer Meeting: Tomorrow at 6.30am

Caner Mutu

Posted by Caner Mutu
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