No, not the kind that has silicone in the french fries.
I’m talking about a special food that will sustain you if you decide to join the many Christians in Palm Beach County who will be fasting and praying tomorrow, the first Wednesday of the month.
I know. An invitation to fast is about as exciting as an invitation to watch C-SPAN. But read the rest of this blog before you decide not to fast with us tomorrow . . .
Today I was texting my friend who is on a mission trip in California with forty 9th graders. This is the sixth day of the trip, and she asked for prayer because she had no energy left. I told her I would pray for her, and I reminded her of Jesus’ words:
“my food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34)
She wrote back and said she needed that so bad that the tears were flowing.
What if you fasted from something tomorrow (all food, a certain food, a meal, whatever) AND did something you know is God’s will for you to do? Can you imagine being energized not by physical sustenance but by the energy that comes from doing what God put you on the earth to do?
The congregation I pastor is joining millions of other Christ-followers around the world by observing 40 days of Spiritual Renewal (some call it Lent). Haven’t done much during this “Lent” season? If you are a follower of Jesus, fasting tomorrow is a great way to be a part of the worldwide movement of people who are intentionally giving up some type of physical sustenance to do the will of Him who sent us and to accomplish His work.
BONUS: If you decide to fast . . . when you wake up in the morning, read the rest of Jesus’ words in John 4:35-38 as inspiration for what He can do through you as you are fasting.