Today is day 21 of my 40 day fast and yes I would like to eat. However, I must stress to you that I am not hungry and I have not had a hunger pain in 21 days. I know in my heart and mind that my desire to eat is much greater than the anticipation of what the food would taste like and how I would feel after eating.
I believe the greatest lesson that I have learned on this 40 day journey to date is…The Christian world or at least the vast majority in America have either ignored or never heard of the Spiritual Discipline of fasting. There are a lot of problems associated with this.
Problem #1. If you are a Christian and you have never heard of this, it means that you are not studying the scriptures for yourself. I say this because it is painfully obvious if you read the scripture that men and women of God have fasted for more than six thousand years. You will also find that Jesus expected that His followers would fast. You will also find that fasting is just as important and compared or contrasted with prayer and giving of the tithe. Now, there is an obvious problem when it comes to tithing also but that is for another time.
Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
II Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
John 5:39 says, “Search the Scriptures diligently (Study) because you think that in them you possess eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”
These scriptures are a starting place. God has called us to know Him and many of us have professed to know Him and yet we have neglected to know who He is and how He acts in our lives.