When I last had a medical checkup. The nurse asked me if I had fasted and I answered that I had not. An appointment was made for another early morning for my blood work. If you have not fasted, you don’t know that breakfast or lunch is light years away. I cannot imagine that you could go. without food for 40 days and nights like our Christ (Matt.4:2) or Moses (Ex.34:28) and Elijah (I Kin. 19:8). In our society food is relatively inexpensive and available. We do not have to worry about starvation. I am told that there has not been such a death in the USA for years.
“Many Gnostics taught that one way to control one’s evil physical self was to starve the body,denying it the food or rest it requires. Similarly,those with eating disorders assume that we can separate our “self” from our “body” and, by controlling the body, gain control of our inner self. Medical research suggests that many eating disorders are rooted in a feeling that life is out of control and reflect a desperate effort to gain mastery of oneself. The problem is, Paul tells us, such efforts are “of no value against the indulgence of the flesh”(v.23) We can’t control our inner self by punishing our bodies. Instead we should seek to please Jesus in what we think and feel and in what we eat. The desire to please Jesus, rather than our desperate efforts to gain control, ultimately will bring us inner peace. ” (comments on Colossians 2:16-23 – THE TEEN BIBLE New King James Version)
If you want to fast, it should be a voluntary matter. It is not binding on Christians and if done it should be with the correct attitude and out of love for the Lord. In Luke 18:12, the Pharisee bragged that he fasted and gave much of his money to the temple, but the Lord heard the prayer of the humble publican. The Psalmist in 35:13, said that “I humbled my soul with fasting.” The great people of the Old Testament and some in the early church of the New Testament era followed the practice of fasting especially in times of sorrow and repentance.
Reflect on these points: God may honor fasting when done in a deep and sincere way; some fasting may have physical benefit; the arena of the mind may be expanded during fasting; a better grip on self-discipline may be achieved; and last we may gain an appreciation of our many blessings through Jesus Christ.( edited remarks for space from the CHRISTIAN COURIER). I believe that these same benefits can be gained easily by finding a quiet place and let your mind reflect on the greatest book ever written-the Bible. This is so important in out rush ‘n’ go society.
We have to take time to bring it all together or we will be like the huge dead tree in our neighborhood. When hurricane Isabel came through this tree was not well rooted and although it did its best it became a hindrance. If you think that fasting is the way, I am behind you and pray that you are strengthened because you have done it for the correct reason and wish to love the Lord even more than you do at this moment.