Whatever you have decided to be your fast for these next 21 days, we're here to encourage you and give you a daily inspirational devotion to keep your spirit uplifted.
What it Means to Fast:
The term "fast" is not biblical or religious in itself. It is defined as abstaining from food or other items. There are medical fasts, moral fasts, and religious fasts. However, there are many instances in the Bible where people fasted food. The most well-known fast is when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the desert while being tempted by Satan. (Luke 4:2)
Why We Fast:
The reason to fast is to subtract something you consider valuable from your life and replace it with time with God. By taking something out of our everyday lives that the physical body is used to having, we can become more aware of our spirit and our connection with God. Not everyone decides to fast food. Fasting internet or TV can be good alternatives as fasting isn't about what you fast but why you fast. Isaiah 58:5-8 gives us some insight into some biblical reasons for fasting:
"You humble yourselves by going through the motions of penance, bowing your heads like reeds bending in the wind. You dress in burlap and cover yourselves with ashes. Is this what you call fasting? Do you really think this will please the Lord? “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. “Then your salvation will come like the dawn, and your wounds will quickly heal. Your godliness will lead you forward, and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind." (NLT)
If you've never fasted before, hopefully you can see the benefits from the challenge. We hope you decide to check out this page and join us for the next three weeks!
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