PRAYER AND FASTING
The first key passage is: Matthew 6.16-18 where Jesus makes clear that it is an expectation of discipleship that fasting should occur
– No one should fast against medical advice e.g. diabetics
– Feeling hungry is not the same as being hungry. Jesus’ 40 day fast was not miraculous
What is the purpose of fasting?
The second key passage is: Mark 14.38
Spiritual training is similar to physical training.
A reminder that prayer is not just an exercise for the mind, but entails our whole being
How should we fast?
Alternatives include specific luxuries; one meal a day or carbon
www.Livebelowtheline.com/uk £1 a day for 5 days
Make your pledge to God (if you feel guided to do so)
What, when and how long?
- One meal a day for five days
- No bread or lunch for 10 days
- Giving up lunch for as long as I can
- Live below line £1 a day Mon-Fri
- Miss at least one meal every day
- Not nibbling in the evenings – making more quiet time
- Live below line for a week after Pentecost
- Miss one meal a day plus eradication of snacking