Thoughts on Fasting this Passion Week

Thoughts on Fasting this Passion Week

This past Sunday I invited Northshore to fast this Passion Week in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  In my message I said, “simply skip meals for a day.”  Some of you had questions like “is it really that simple?”  Fasting means forgoing something for a moment to reorient and focus our hearts on Jesus.  Most often, we fast from food.  If you’ve never fasted before, you can begin by skipping a meal or two or going without food for the whole day.  If you’ve fasted before, you can fast for a day or more.  If you are skipping a couple of meals, take the time that you would spend in meal preparation and eating to pray and focus on Christ.  My invitation to Northshore was to specifically fast and pray for our Good Friday and Easter services this coming Sunday, and especially for those that come that do not yet know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The key to fasting is your heart.  You fast not because you’re trying to impress God or anyone else.  You fast to deny yourself the pleasure of food (and even the need for food for a time).  And when you feel the hunger coming on, you are reminded that Jesus is the Bread of Life.  He is our ultimate sustenance.  He is the Provider of all our needs.

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See you Friday evening (6:30 or 8 pm) and Sunday (8, 9:30. 11 am or 5:45 pm)!

  • Jerry Cochran
    Posted at 08:46h, 30 March Reply

    A profound thing (little things catch my attention sometimes) hit me in yesterday’s devotional: In John 19:11 – part of Jesus’ answer to Pilate:

    “Therefore, the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

    What hit me? We tend to blame the Jewist leaders and mob. I AM THE ONE WHO HANDED JESUS OVER TO HIM. Thank the Lord for his mercy!


  • jonathan alexander
    Posted at 16:19h, 30 March Reply

    thanks for your comment jerry. yes… it was my sin that put Him there!

  • jonathan alexander
    Posted at 16:21h, 30 March Reply

    several people this week have commented on what they are fasting from… some from food, some from TV, some from their car (they’re walking to work and redeeming the time with prayer), some from other things in their lives that they value. and all of it is to spend some time “hyper-focusing” on Jesus.

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