Ten Days Without sounds fancy, but it’s really just a new twist to the ancient art of fasting. And what is fasting?
Fasting is a spiritual discipline.
And what is a spiritual discipline?
A spiritual discipline is something that we do (or don’t do) to bring our bodies into alignment with reality. I define reality as the way God views the earth. In other words, it’s not what WE think is real, it’s what God sees and knows is real as the only sovereign being whom exists. So when we talk about fasting, we are talking about going without something so that we can more fully understand God, the world, and ourselves.
What’s really powerful about fasting is that it is counter-cultural. I love how in Romans 12 it says “do not conform to the PATTERN of this world.”
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I like that word pattern because it implies a habit—a repetitious way of living. And in our culture, consuming is definitely our pattern. The pursuit of pleasure is our pattern. So when we fast, we are stepping out of our culture and giving ourselves a chance to see reality. That was the biggest lesson I learned during my different challenges. Going without literally opened up my mind and heart to seeing the world differently.
Why is it so important to break out of the pattern of this world in order to know what God’s will is? Comment below and continue the discussion…