I will admit it…I have never been much into fasting. I am a Pastor, and so maybe you think that I would be some kind of spiritual “guru” and that I spend a lot of time in the spiritual practices. The reality tho, is that I am just like most folks in our day and age. I am busy…way too busy. Sure, I can mask my busyness as “spiritual” because after all, I am paid to be spiritual right?
As I was at Council 2019, I realized that the break in my normal rhythm was something that I really needed. Being away from the weekly rut of the busy life we all live did something for me, and I felt the Lord tugging on my heart to invite all of us into something like the experience I was having. I also felt an overwhelming sense of the reality that we as a church will be powerless to grow in the way that God wants us to grow if we aren’t hearing from Him together. We must be a people of prayer. Of course, this must be taking place for each of us as individuals, but there is something special and unique about praying together in the same room that makes a difference. So this is why we are going to gather and pray on Friday night, June 28th.
But…what’s the deal with the fasting? Listen to this excerpt from an article found on the Alliance website:
While Jesus never commanded His followers to fast, it’s clear He expected them to do it. He said, “‘But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you’” (Matt. 6:17–18, emphasis added).
The reason for fasting is simple: it breaks us out of our routine, and is a very very poignant reminder of the reality that we are so needy apart from God. So, this is the invitation to all of us: On Friday, June 28th, let’s fast from after breakfast that morning until after we gather to pray. At your normal lunch time, take your normal lunch break, but instead of eating a meal, spend that time in prayer preparing your heart to come that evening at 7 pm to pray with those of us who can gather together.
If you cant fast, but still want to come pray, please do!
I hope to see you that evening, and I hope you’ll take the invitation to fast for the day as we seek the Lord together.
- Pastor Jeff
Article Quoted: CLICK HERE