Day 30 – To fast…or not to?

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Day 30 350x350 Day 30   To fast...or not to?Every month we have what is called ‘Sacred Assemblies’ at our Church. During this 3 day period we collectively fast and pray. It’s a time that we set aside and dedicate to letting God know how much we love Him. We ask Him specifically for what we long for and we fast as a way of letting Him know that getting to know Him and receiving His direction on the issues we’ve brought to Him, is more important to us than food (or whatever we’re fasting).

I must admit to having a difficult time with the fasting bit of this equation. It’s a bit of a ‘catch-22’ for me. I struggle so much to go without food that it’s a really difficult thing for me to do. All the multitude of reasons that I have for not wanting/being able to fast, come rushing into my head. They all sound perfectly reasonable, totally logical and have a good deal of emotional ‘fact’ backing them up ☺. I’ve got really good reasons for not missing so many meals! In my own head at least.

Number 1 on the list is the fact that I’m already quite slim and I’d be making myself ill if I didn’t eat. What about the fact that I get all dizzy and cranky when I get hungry? The there’s the unfairness of making meals for everyone else in the household and not being able to eat them myself. All very valid reasons and surely God understands my concerns and wouldn’t want me to have to ‘suffer’ like that?

BUT

And it’s a big one…

My comfort isn’t the aim of fasting, is it?

The aim of fasting is to obey what we’re told to do in the Bible (examples of prayer and fasting appear all through both Testaments). If it’s in there, I want to do what God tells me to – it’s part of a loving relationship.

It also puts us in the best possible position for a breakthrough that God has for us. If God has a solution to an area of my life that I’m struggling with, then I’ll gladly fast and pray in order to get that breakthrough. It breaks whatever is stopping the revelation and releases God’s wisdom and solution. And I need as much of that as I can get.

The discipline of fasting builds our ability to resist things that are ‘fleshly’ – habits that aren’t good for us. It also heightens our ability to hear and act on ‘spiritual’ things – things that help us to walk in the amazing way God has planned for us to. God calls us to pursue, think on and act upon what is good whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Phil 4:8)

So, my conclusion is that if I want to bless God with obedience to fasting as well as get all the benefits, I have a decision to make. I think it will be a great lesson in asking for, and receiving, God’s help in an area where I really need it.

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