By Jeff Miller, Interim Pastor at Jesus Risen Lord Fellowship
This is the fourth blog in a series on fasting.
Do you want what God wants, when God wants it, how God wants it? I think we all want that. The only qualifier is how much do we want it? Enough to come before Him in fasting and prayer?
It’s not about what we can do. In fact, we can’t do it – only God can. As we do what He says, we can win our communities and our cities for Christ. I challenge you to do it and see how it changes your life.
This is the third blog in a series on fasting. Previous blogs include:
As I said last time, there are a number of good reasons to fast, but I just want to look at a few in this series.
At its most basic level, fasting is abstinence from food. It can also be the abstinence from sleep or abstinence from intimacy between a husband and wife, or in our day, media. But primarily, it is the absence of food -- not eating so that we can give ourselves to a time of prayer and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reports began circulating that the Pope was seriously ill. The faithful gathered at St. Peter’s Square to pray for his recovery and to get updates.
Periodically, a Cardinal would come to the balcony and give a report on the Pope’s condition. On one of these occasions, the Cardinal stated that the Pope would die without a heart transplant. Spontaneously, many in the crowd cried out, “I want to give MY heart for the Pope!”
The Cardinal relayed the message to the Pope that the people wanted to give their hearts for him. The Pope said, “They can’t do that – that would not be right.” But the Cardinal insisted that many were sincere in their desire to help.
Finally, the Pope agreed to their desire and suggested a plan.