Fasting: Fastening onto Jesus

posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:43 AM by Kirsty O'Grady   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 2:46 AM ]

As you know, we are now in the season of Advent, a time of preparation and waiting for Jesus to come again as the King who reigns in glory. Alongside that we are in a time of preparation and waiting for the appointment of our new vicar. Due to both of these, we have entered into a time of fasting as a church.

Some of us are fasting food, cake, alcohol or social media but the important thing isn’t necessarily about what we choose to give up but what we take up instead. Greg preached a couple of weeks ago about fasting and told us how it means “fastening onto” – fasting is a time for us to fasten onto Jesus.

Fasting is not about punishing ourselves unnecessarily or about trying to convince God to do what we want. It is about denying ourselves the things we want and using the moments when we think about or long for those things to pray and seek the Lord and His will instead. When we fast we put our trust and reliance more in the one who is our sustenance – Jesus says in John 6:35 “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

I’ve heard it said that it’s when we reach the end of ourselves that we hear what Jesus is trying to say to us the clearest. How incredible would it be if we could use our desires for cake, Facebook or wine to hear the energising wisdom and truth of our Lord? So the next time that craving calls, call to Jesus – pray for yourself, pray for St Paul’s, for Widnes, for our world. Praise God for all he provides and seek his will for your life and the life of our church (especially our new vicar).

Happy Fasting! 

Originally Printed in Newsletter 11-12-16