Welcome to the end of the last week of the 21-day and the firs day of the Weekend Challenge. At this juncture in the fast, I trust it bears repeating...
Fasting is more than doing without food. It is a spiritual discipline, like others (i.e. prayer, meditation, scripture reading, etc.), which require more than the process of abstaining from food.
The Bible teaches us that fasting should not be a religious activity void of real meaning or true connection to God. In or day, this would translate into reducing our social activities, time watching television, social media and other nonessential activities that will take us away from our time of prayer and meditation while fasting.
Consecration simply implies that during our fast, we are enthralled in our usual distractions - those thing that fill our lives with noise - noise that keeps us from hearing God. During the 21 days of fasting and praying, we should make a real attempt to quiet our lives as much as possible.
During our Weekend Challenge, I encourage you to make every effort to spend extra time in prayer, meditation and scripture reading. These disciplines help us to experience God in ways that will renew, restore and rejuvenate our spirit. Go ahead, take the challenge. You will not regret it!
I will make an effort today to spend extra time praying, reading the scriptures and other spiritual books, meditating, singing or listening to songs - to enjoy the presence of the Lord. I will spend quiet time today in anticipation of greater and better!
List at least 5 things for which you are grateful.
Testify of God’s goodness. Share at least one of those things to encourage someone else.
Say “thank you”.