OK here is the post i promised before – the one with the question. – Simple this time.
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and FASTed on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh.(I Sa 7:6)
And they gathered together to Mizpeh, and drew water, and poured it out before the LORD, and FASTed on that day, and said there, We have sinned against the LORD. And Samuel judged the children of Israel in Mizpeh. (2 Sa 12:22)
But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with FASTing; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom. (Ps 35:13)
Is it such a FAST that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a FAST, and an acceptable day to the LORD? (Isa Ch 58)
And when he had FASTed forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. ( Matt 4:2)
And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they FAST. (Matt Ch 9)
Find more of your own examples – there are many.
When was the last time you followed Christ’s example (and those of many others) and fasted? Went without? (food mostly) for as much as 24 hours?
I confess i have not done so voluntarily out of a desire to cleanse my ‘self’ and please God and myself by walking in His ways for around three years or more now.
I intend to rectify this oversight and love of my life over the life of Christ before Dec 25th.
Any of you have a reason to join me??
A simple yes or no will suffice and remember to do it ‘in private’ – no need to let the whole world ‘know’ about it.
I merely offer the ‘challenge’/question.
Do you ever fast? other than when going for a blood/medical ‘test’?
Would you do so voluntarily? To be more like Him??
We need faith AND works remember. either one without the other doesn’t get us to where we say we wish to ‘go’.
I would advise you to remember to keep up your intake of the water of life during any period of fasting and not to try to do too much, too soon – we have grown weak in the last 20 centuries – 24 hours should do to begin with – you can work up (slowly!) to 40 days and nights if you feel a personal ‘need’, i guess?