In the Book of Acts, the Church often prays and fasts before making important decisions or sending out disciples.
“So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off” -Acts 13:3
For the early Church, these were regular practices within their community. It may then seem odd given their precedent that my first experience with fasting didn’t happen until I was in my early 20s even though I have been connected to the Church my whole life.
To be honest, I didn’t quite understand the purpose of fasting or what abstaining from food had to do with my spiritual growth.
Maybe you’re asking similar types of questions. Perhaps you’ve heard that fasting is something that Christians do, but don’t quite understand why. Or maybe you’ve never even heard of fasting before.
In David Mathis’s “Humble Yourself and Fast: God’s Unpleasant Gift for Lancing Pride” from Desiring God, he addresses the link between humility and the practice of fasting. If you’re interested in learning more about the purpose of fasting and God’s response to a humble heart, click here to read more.
It feels like we’re moving from one season of fear and chaos to another without missing a beat.
Sin has been the main character on my TV lately. Over the last few months, it’s appeared in various forms like murder, assault, racism, violence, anarchy, arrogance, hatred, fear, selfishness, idolatry, greed, pride, slander, foolishness and the distortion of truth.
It can be difficult to know how to navigate the noise right now. The pressure to pick a side along a growing divide feels overwhelming and inescapable. It’s easy to get caught up in the screaming match or jump on whatever bandwagon happens to be driving by.
Yesterday I went to Starbucks.
Normally that’s not a remarkable announcement. But these aren’t normal times, are they?
People—I went to Starbucks!!!! You know, that happy place where they toss strawberries in your Pink Drink and tell you to have a nice day. Where cake pops are shaped like unicorns and for some mysterious reason all the fiscally responsible woman of the world gladly slap down five whole dollars for a cup of jolly joy.
Our prayers move the heart of God.
Did you know that?
Sometimes those prayers come out of a difficult season. Some of those prayers are born out of poor decisions we have made, out of trials we are suffering, or out of circumstances within or around us. Some prayers end up blooming out of important lessons; prayers that help train us and build faith that could not be built quite the same under other circumstances.
Jun 08, 2020 • Written by Tera Lind
I cried today. And I’m not someone who cries often. At first glance, it would seem to make sense. I’ve been sick for almost a month and I’m both physically and emotionally drained. I’ve been in and out of doctors’ offices, lots of tests, and a lot of unknowns. But that’s not why I cried.