January always brings around the “new” for so many. Although our lives continue from day to day, there is something about changing to a new year as though it gives you a new beginning- a fresh start to get your life together.
Every year we do a fresh re-start at church as well. We start the new year with a 21 day fast. This year, I wanted to know more about fasting and the spiritual effects it has on our lives so I did some research.
By far the best reason I found in my study was for spiritual strength and discipline. Even Jesus went to the wilderness fasting for 40days to be tempted by the devil. The purpose is not to “get over” on God or use the time to get something you want from God. As fast is a time for you to dedicate yourself to God and put the ways of the world aside learning to be more dependent on God’s will for your life.
Fasting is not always giving up food. It may mean you give up TV an hour a day to read and study in your Bible or spend that hour listening to worship music; you give up something to devote that time to God.
This year, I will go into the new year fasting the 21 days with a new found respect to why I should fast. I will also try to hear more what God has in store for the direction of my life.
James 4:8 “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”
Go make the positive change you want to see in the world.