Experience God's power through fasting
Fasting is an act of devotion and humbling oneself before God. It is sacrificing something that is a valuable part of your physical existence for the benefit of your spiritual journey. It is a spiritual discipline that has been an intricate part of discipleship throughout the Holy Bible and the Christian faith.
The fellowship of the Marvin Church family joins in a 24-hour fast of preparation for Ash Wednesday. You may also choose to continue to fast in some way throughout the season of Lent as you reflect on your relationship with Christ. You may use this as a guide to begin a special journey.
Bill Bright, author of Prayer Partners, combines fasting with prayer and claims that this combination transforms “spiritual strongholds and releases the power of God in your life and the life of your church, its pastor, its leaders and its members.”
Some of you may have never fasted before and question the need to do it or if you can do it. If this is your first time maybe just skip one meal. Be in prayer and the Lord will give you the strength beyond your own ability so you can experience his awesome power and grow into a closer relationship with him. Remember his promise in Philippians 2:13: “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
The following books will give you more information on fasting and prayer:
- A Hunger for God by John Piper
- Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
- Partners in Prayer by John Maxwell
May God sustain you and give you a deeper understanding of who he is!