Fasting: Benefit You, Benefit Others, Glorify God
“Fasting is not an end in itself; it is a means by which we can
worship the Lord and submit ourselves in humility to Him. We
don’t make God love us any more than He already does if we fast,
or if we fast longer. Fasting invites God into the problem. Then in
the strength of God, victory is possible.”
-Elmer L. Towns
On Sunday, we suggested a special challenge: fast for one meal this week. Fasting is more than just skipping a meal – we invite you to replace that time with an activity that brings you closer to God, whether it’s prayer, silence, reading the Bible, or listening to worship music.
We also challenge you to “redirect” the money saved by skipping a meal. At Real Life, we maintain resources to help out the families in our community when they’re in need. If everyone fasted one meal and donated the cost of that meal to Real Life, we could increase our ability to help those families by about $1000! How cool would that be?
“Remove the heavy yoke of oppression.
Stop pointing your finger and spreading vicious rumors!
Feed the hungry,
and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The Lord will guide you continually,
giving you water when you are dry
and restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like an ever-flowing spring.”
If you’ve fasted this week, feel free to share how it went! If you don’t already belong to a Life Group, you could even drop in this week to discuss Sunday’s message and fasting. (You can even get all the answers ahead of time, right on our website!) This would be a great venue to get other people’s perspectives on fasting. They can give you encouragement and advice if you need it – or you can offer it to others!
(Please fast wisely! Bear in mind any medical conditions that would make a food fast unsafe, and consider fasting in another aspect of your life, like TV watching, alcohol consumption, social media usage, etc.)