So, Fasting, huh? What is that? Just this year I am learning more about this spiritual discipline. My only experience with fasting: At the beginning of this year, as part of the Bible study I was doing, I did a modified Daniel fast, where I ate only food God made–and cut out caffeine– for 10 days, and if you know me at ALL, that is a BIG GIANT deal!! I did it because it was part of the Bible study, and I wanted to do what I was supposed to do. I realize now, I didn’t go into it with the right frame of mind. I didn’t really even know what or why I was doing it. It was like, ok, it’s Tuesday, start your fast tomorrow. So I did it, but didn’t get anything really out of it, except knowing I did it.
Kevin and I are part of Samaritan’s Ministries, and I really like it. I mean, really really like it. I like the idea of the family of God taking care of each other. That, and our insurance company totally screwed us over in the matter of Cadrian’s birth. Even though the total cost was a fraction of what a hospital birth would have been. Even though we went through all the right channels. But I digress.
Along with the information on where to send our share each month, Samaritan’s Ministries sends out a newsletter about all kinds of things: political information, what’s going on in the world of health care, keeping our children in the faith; it runs the gamut.
In this month’s newsletter they included a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s National Day of Prayer and Fasting. Imagine! A NATIONAL Day of Prayer and Fasting!
Samaritan’s Ministries asked us to consider a day (or more) of prayer and fasting. They included a wealth of information about kinds of fasts, scriptural basis for them, what can be accomplished because of Christians praying and fasting. I was doing a bit more research, and came across this handy-dandy guide to fasting at Campus Crusade for Christ.
To be honest, I never really thought about fasting. My church doesn’t “do” Lent. It’s never really come up. But now, I’m intrigued.
Yesterday, I felt like God was asking me to “fast” from the computer. So I did. And it was good.
And now I think He’s asking me to go farther. And it will be good.
I’m opening comments up for a little dialog here. Thoughts? Experiences?