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The Privilege of Fasting

 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
-Matthew 4:17

What a privilege it is to be able to fast and pray.  As I think of this opportunity to do so as a body of believers, the words of Jesus come to mind:  “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17)  To me, fasting is taking the time to orient myself to the Lord's will.  It is a time to tell my flesh, "change your focus from self to Jesus".  It is a time to bring about His kingdom in my heart and mind.
 
Now, even though I just finished sounding like I'm saying, "Yay!  Let's fast!", I don't REALLY feel like that.  I'm more along the lines of, "Gee, Lord.  Why do we have to do this?"
 
But I want what God has for me.  I want what God has for my family and my church.  I want to hear His voice and be lead by His promptings.  I want to walk out this Kingdom experience.  I may have to remind my flesh who's really in control; but, as long as His kingdom is near and I have a part in helping to bring it into being, then call me up to the table of His presence where I know I'll be truly satisfied.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for any areas in need of personal repentance.
  • Pray for our pastors and church leaders across Canada.
  • Pray for marriages and families to be strengthened. 

Fabio Frigolé

Fabio Frigolé pastors NewVida Church alongside his wife, Maria, in St. Catharines, ON.