Tomorrow (Wed, Feb 6) Lent begins. At our Missional Faith gathering last week, we spoke seriously about challenging ourselves to engaging in some kind of fasting exercise. I’ll speak more about this in church in a couple of weeks, but fasting is a critical discipline in the Christian life that is under-utilized in our own tradition.
The idea of fasting is not suffering for the sake of suffering. But the goal is to starve certain areas of our life in order to hunger more deeply for deeper things. As we break some of our habitual patterns and feel the struggle within ourselves, we are drawn to pray and meditate on areas where God is inviting us to grow.
I have chosen three areas that I want to fast. Two are food related and one is technology related 🙂
I want to invite you to embrace a 40 day challenge for yourself. You may wish to fast from something in your life. It may be that instead of engaging in a discipline of abstinence, you feel led to engage in a new spiritual practice, to renew Scripture reading, prayer times etc. A great example of a discipline of engagement is praying and meditating on the Jesus Creed for 40 days. You can read what that is all about here.
The key is that whatever you do, it should be Spirit-led and nourish a deeper hunger for God. This is not about manipulating God or making ourselves feel self-righteous. By allowing ourselves to be broken before Christ, we find wholeness in Christ.
I’d love to hear from others who are joining this journey. Who else is in?