This is about the time each Lenten season that I think, “Ok, I’ve been at this Lent deal for a few weeks. Am I really committed to seeing this through?” I had those thoughts again this year, so I did a 24 hour fast to refocus Now I know we are not supposed to tell others when we fast, but in order to dispel the lie, I think this one can slide.
The lie is that fasting is something that people did long ago, or it is for only the “super spiritual.” We obviously believe that as a Christian culture because fasting is rarely talked about in mainstream Christian circles. Contrast that with Jesus’ words: “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (Matt 6:16) He said this right after he said, “When you pray…” He did not say, “If you fast…” If this was a given from Jesus’ perspective then we might want to take another look at the practice of fasting.
If you are up for giving it a try, a 24 hour fast is the way to begin. Simply eat dinner on a given evening and then break the fast by eating dinner the following evening. That means you skip two meals. During the fast drink water or tea (coffee is not recommended). Breath mints ARE recommended as the breath does funky things during fasting. My favorite scripture to consider during fasting is Isaiah 58:1-10.
“Fasting is an expression of love and devotion, in which one sacrifices earthly satisfaction to attain the heavenly.” – Tito Colliander
Lie: Fasting is out of date or for the “super” spiritual
Truth: Fasting is a gift from God
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.” (Matt 6:16)