Fasting on Ash Wednesday is admirable, but do you really know WHY you’re fasting? If you’re fasting just because your church tells you it’s what’s you’re supposed to do to follow the rules – that’s wrong and you might as well save yourself the misery.
Why you should fast:
- To humble yourself before the Lord
- Because Jesus did it for 40 days
- To get closer to God
“Hungry people are desperate people, and they are hungry for more of God than they have ever had. They are breaking out of religious rules, regulations and traditional thinking and breaking through to more of His presence, more of His power, and more of His miracle-working power! Only Jesus satisfies hunger!” from Fasting: Opening the door to a deeper, more intimate, more powerful relationship with God by Jentezen Franklin.
I’ve done fasts for 1, 3 and 5 days. I take in just liquids. At meal time or when the hunger pangs strike it’s important to pull out the bible and read the Word of God and ponder it’s meaning in your life.
As a former Catholic, I never really quite understood the not eating meat on Friday rule. Where’s the pain in that?
My goal this Lenten season is to fast dinners for 40 days. When I get home, instead of turning on the TV and throwing something in the microwave, I’ll grab some water or juice and my bible and unwind OR if it’s early enough, grab my IPod – tune in the Christian songs and go for a walk.
Lent is a time for reflection on Jesus’ sacrifice for humankind and to show people that they only need to believe in their hearts, repent and be baptized and they will have everlasting life in heaven. It’s more than just knowing about Him, you have to Believe.
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Soli Deo Gloria!