16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18 (ESV)
Jesus assumed that His followers would fast. He didn’t want them to do it like the religious performers of the day were doing it, but He assumed that they would do it. I followed Jesus for years without ever doing it. It seemed like a strange concept that was reserved for hyper-spiritual zealots and I certainly wasn’t one of those. For the last few years though, it has become one of the sweetest disciplines in my life. I am terrible at it, and it has taught me a lot of things about the way that I relate to and depend on food on an emotional, physical and spiritual level. It has freed me into greater levels of trust and joy and I would recommend it highly as a regular discipline for all followers of Christ.
Next week, we are going to take some time to fast together as a church. We are going to leave the “how to’s” of it up to you, but the simplest way to join in would be to abstain from food from dinner on Monday to dinner on Tuesday (you can start earlier than that if you want). We will all then break the fast together on Tuesday evening, and those who can meet with us at BBC will sing and pray together, thanking God for His goodness and asking Him for His wisdom and favour in 2014. If you want to join us on Tuesday, bring a dinner along and gather at BBC at 18:30.
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