The Discipline of Fasting

The Discipline of Fasting

I am so thankful for this feature in this Today’s Christian Woman article titled, “A Christian’s Guide to Fasting.” Fasting is a spiritual discipline that I practice when I feel the Lord’s prompting, and it is one that I have learned from a mentor. In troubling times like these, I do believe it is a powerful and humbling practices for sisters and brothers in Christ, and for communal worship.

A Christian’s Guide to Fasting

Get the skinny on this spiritual discipline.

 

“Lose 30 pounds to look like this celebrity!”

“Go out for dinner and buy this mouth-watering salad!”

“Eat vegetarian!”

“Drink this green beverage—all vegetables, no carbs!”

“Try this new diet fad!”

From SlimFast to protein shakes, fat-free to no meat, dietary fasts are certainly not dying in popularity. But a trimmer waistline or smaller pants size weren’t the outcomes Jesus had in mind when he instructed his followers on how to act “when you fast” (Matthew 6:16–18). In fact, Christians are called to fast not to feel better but, oddly, to feel worse.

Ultimately, the discipline of fasting is about diminishing the focus on ourselves in order to intensify our focus on God.

Emptying Ourselves

Continue reading at Today’s Christian Woman.

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