“Fasting is the self denial of normal necessities in order to intentionally attend to God in prayer.” – Adele Calhoun
Here are some ways to do just that using the Scriptures from today’s readings in the Bible in One Year. We are praying for ourselves, our church family, and our leaders.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5-6)
“Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.” (Luke 24:35)
Finally, here are some words from Jesus about fasting: “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” (Matthew 6:16–18, MSG)
Want to learn more about how to fast? Visit desiringgod.org/articles/fasting-for-beginners.