“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)
As we have considered the Discipline of Prayer over the last four days, I hope you have been inspired to increase your commitment to pray for someone, some group, some institution or something because of your love for God and others. Today we will put the Discipline of Fasting into practice by performing a food fast for at least a portion of the day. If you are not able to perform a food fast, please consider some other kind of fast that will increase you focus on God (e.g., a TV fast). If you can’t fast, please still participate by spending dedicated time in prayer.
The intent is for you to use the time of fasting for more intense focus on God and to spend additional time in prayer. The items that you were inspired to pray for this week should be on your prayer list.
With participants across the globe (e.g., Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Brazil, the USA, Canada, the U.K., Africa, Japan and Indonesia), we will cover many hours in the day if we all participate.
If you need a refresher on the Discipline of Fasting, you can read about the Discipline by visiting www.40daysofdiscipline.com and clicking on the Disciplines tab.
We will not pose a question today. Instead, please use the comments feature on this blog site to leave prayer requests. If you can’t be specific about your request, simply write, “Personal request”. I am positive that there will be believers participating in this 40 Days of Discipline journey who will delight in remembering you and your request(s) in prayer.