The Gift of Fasting

It was no coincidence that at iFocus on Tuesday evening, we had looked at Matthew 4:4
“But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

I will be taking a Facebook fast until Sunday.

It is good, to be away from social media. Always good.
Blessed rest-of-the-week, one and all 🙂


Kitchenware_Melamine_Bati_Rezowan “Fasting” isn’t usually a word that conjours up ideas of blessing. In western cultures, it’s more associated with hair shirts, self-flagellation, and shaved heads. In the Protestant church, we look at it more as a tool to refocus. But it’s a whole lot more than that.

While “fasting” from facebook, a cell phone, etc., might be useful to an extent, it’s the voluntary abstention from food (either totally, or in usual quantities) that Scripture presents as the norm. That denial of a visceral need that must be fulfilled for life does something that other abstentions don’t. Even if you do seem addicted to your phone, you would not be dead by Christmas if someone took it away. It is fasting from food for a limited, particular time (24 hours, skip-a-meal, etc.) that reveals what a gift it is to our health as Christians. Fasting isn’t a hunger strike that makes…

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