The Privilege of Fasting
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
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.
- 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 pastors NewVida Church alongside his wife, Maria, in St. Catharines, ON.