Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 22 Scripture Selection: Mark 2
Food for Thought: Mark2:18-22
Fasting is often misunderstood. Basically, it is to spend quality time with the Lord. It removes the distractions of every-day life (which revolves around our meals), and reminds the flesh that it is not in charge. Its voice must be lowered. This allows us to put our attention on the spirit and really spend quality time with the Lord. He may actually have special instructions to give that are precisely what is needed for a particular situation, and with our spiritual ears’ reception clearer, we are more apt to pick up on it.
Notice what Jesus told those who questioned Him about why his disciples didn’t fast. He told them they would when He goes away. While they had the Master right there in front of them, they had that direct access and communion, so fasting would not be necessary. Those who asked the question seemed to imply that Jesus’ disciples were not spiritual enough because they didn’t fast. They erroneously used fasting to prove their spirituality and dedication.
Others use fasting as a way to show God how serious they are about resolving a particular crises, or they believe that if they fast, they can convince God to answer their prayer. While it certainly is not a bad idea to fast when believing Him for a certain outcome, it is not the fasting that convinces the Lord to do anything, as if He could be manipulated, or as if He were just waiting to see how high of a price you were willing to pay in order to get the prayer answered. Love never functions that way.
God is moved by faith and His Word. (Faith pleases God, Heb. 11:6) So when we fast, if our focus is on prayer (communing with the Lord) and building up our faith, we will have accomplished two things: answer to our prayer, and a special, precious time with the Lord. That is what fasting is all about.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):