What is Fasting? While fasting is oftentimes understood as simply giving up food and water for a couple of days or hours, that’s not really the true purpose of it. Giving up food and water may be a part of fasting, but more importantly, it is giving up something you believe you cannot live without so that you are able to highlight personal griefs as well as your desire for God’s insight in your life. Matthew 6:16-18 says that fasting should not be an act of bribery, but an act of humility. Fasting is to be done for a God-centered biblical purpose otherwise it becomes a miserable and difficult chore rather than a blessing. The goal of fasting is not to feel hungry, but to feel and realize the greater presence of God. Ultimately, it should reveal to us who we are at a deeper level, so we can have the opportunity to allow Jesus to deal with our problems. Fasting also connects greatly to prayer because it enables us to pray in faith. As Christians, our sense of peace of hope does not come from ourselves or from the world, but through God alone! We encourage you to join us this week for ANCHORED: A Prayer and Fasting week! We will be praying and fasting as a community.
Scripture References: Matthew 6:16-18