Mt 6: 16 – 18
Well church, today is the last day of our prayer and fasting week and ironically we’re celebrating with a shared lunch. We get so used to eating in the Western world, don’t we, that our stomachs are in a permanent state of comfort. The slightest pangs of hunger and we reach for the pantry or pop into the local dairy. What happens when we fast is that we become aware of our hunger and our physical sense of need. When we pray while in this state we are more attuned to the Holy Spirit, because at a very basic level we know that the Holy Spirit sustains life.
God is always trying to push us out of our comfort zone – with evangelism… with service… in leadership. He needs all His representatives on earth to be onto their game, and what better way to awaken us than through fasting. I look forward to hearing your testimonies next Sunday of how God has spoken to you.
Jesus said, “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and dishevelled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you” (Mt 6: 16 – 18)