As we begin the season of Lent, we encourage you to join us in weekly fasts and focused prayers.
J.R. Vassar says, “Fasting is a way to take a break from lesser things that have hijacked our hearts; things like TV, the internet, consuming relationships, books, fashion, shopping, sports, and – the most basic – food. When we fast, we deny our physical appetites in hopes that spiritual ones might be awakened. We rescue our hearts from being fixated on the passing pleasures of this life, and rivet our hearts on the eternal God.”
Each week, we’ll suggest an area of fasting to apply to our lives. Far from a mere obligation, these weekly fasts give us opportunities to pursue greater communion with Christ.
“By emptying our lives of commotion, clutter and noise, we hope to find greater room for Him to speak through His Word. Rather than simply subtracting something from our lives, this is an opportunity to add something greater. (Village Church, Flower Mound, TX)”
Week 1: Fasting from Certain Foods or Meals
February 24th – March 1st
The subject of this week’s fast is food – you may choose to fast from one meal a day, fast for an entire day, or multiple days. You could also choose to abstain from certain foods instead of all foods. Whatever your fast is, don’t simply make it the missing of a meal. If you avoid food without prayer, you’re just on a diet. Know in advance what you want to pray for, and begin your day by drawing close to God through prayer and time in scripture. Turn your scheduled meal times into times of private devotion.
Remember: fasting is a discipline, and it rests heavily on the motive of our hearts. If we are just avoiding food without intentionally pursuing the heart of God, we’ve missed the point. Don’t let the tail wag the dog here – what secular practices could be removed this week and replaced with spiritual ones that will point your mind and heart toward the heart of God in a deeper way?
Devotional Thought: Read 1 John 1 every day this week. Use these questions to help process what God is saying:
- What do these passages of Scripture reveal about the nature and character of Christ?
- What do these passages reveal about your own heart?