Spiritual Disciplines: When They Fast (Luke 5:33-35)Pastor Tim Holwerda, March 10, 2019
Part of the Spiritual Disciplines series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Maybe you haven't given Lent or Fasting serious thought. Or if you have, you think of extreme practices or examples. But if you are desiring a hungrier spiritual life, fasting may be what you need.
1. What is it? Voluntary absence from food for spiritual purposes. In scripture, it was used to express grief, or sorrow for sin, when ill, or when seeking the Lord, or when appointing church leaders, etc.
2. Why do it? To increase our hunger for God. It is a way to remove a means of distraction to focus on the One who satisfies us completely. Jesus expects his people to fast.
3. How does it help? Because it is God's idea--he has given it to us as a method to access his grace. Also, it changes us to make us more receptive to God's answers, by breaking our pride. It expresses and deepens our hunger for God himself.
4. How do we do it? Always with God as the focus, go without food. Use the hunger to remind yourself why you are fasting. Start small.
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