As we continued last night going through the Sermon on the Mount with our High School Students we got to 6:16-18 which is the section on fasting. I think it is sad that I can not remember the last time I have heard a sermon that even mentioned the need for fasting. Why is this?
My opinion is that we live in a world where our Christianity is still taught to us in such a way to make light of sacrifice. We want people to sacrifice but the expectation is that they won’t sacrifice a whole lot so we ask them to sacrifice a little but not a lot. And fasting falls into that “sacrificing a lot” category so we don’t talk about it. But I am convinced that the need for fasting is just as prevelant as it was 2000 years ago. I can prove this by sharing with you the reasons why people fasted in the Bible.
1. To repent of sins (who does not need a little of that)
2. To seek guidance (again who does not need a little of that)
3. To strengthen a relationship with God (again again whoe does not need a little of this)
So I ask as the season approaches that we absolutely stuff ourselves why not a little fasting to nourish the soul. By the way I did challenge our students to fast this week. For those of you that think I am crazy for asking a bunch of students to fast I will let you know if any did next week.