Fasting…. it’s not a word that most Christians look forward to seeing in any sentence. I think there are many different attitudes to fasting in the 20th century church, not all of them biblical. I know growing up I saw fasting a job for the extra spiritual. Those extra special Christians who seemed to thrive on Christianity at the edge. The Christian equivalent of the SAS in the military if you like. Having this view excused me from the duty of the discipline of fasting. Maybe these Christians were able to live on the cutting edge of faith because they fasted.
The more I read about fasting however and look into it’s use in both the Old and New Testaments, I see it as the job of all disciples of Christ. One of the most comprehensive passages on fasting in the entire Bible can be found in Matthew chapter 6. Here Jesus says when you fast, not if you fast. Jesus places fasting in the same position as giving and praying in our lives. This implies we will all fast at different times. In both the Old & New Testament fasting is strongly attached to both repentance and divine intervention. Our town is in high need of both of those. If we do not stand in the gap for those who don’t confess Christ, who will. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the topic of prayer and fasting in much more detail. We will do this because Roma has been entrusted to us. It is our duty to see them home.