Then John’s disciples came and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
Jesus is talking about himself in the passage above. He is the bridegroom and we, the church are his bride. And I’m sure the disciples fasted extensively when they gathered together to pray for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost. When we walk in the power of the Spirit, Jesus always feels close.
But there are times in our lives when the bridegroom feels far away. Those will be the times when we are called to fast. We have allowed the world, the flesh and the devil to drive a wedge between us and the Beloved. Fasting removes that wedge if combined with true repentance and prayer.
Today is day 7 of my 21-day water fast. It’s my birthday and I’m turning 53. I will be celebrating with a glass of fizzy water. I do not feel in the least bit deprived. He is my strength. The Holy Spirit is purging my life of the things that drove a wedge between Him and me. And I’m so very grateful.
This is the first time I have been able to lean into total dependency on the Lord. It is such a blessing. Is there any other way to live? I hope not after this fast. My only wish is to stay madly in love with the bridegroom.
Do not attempt a 21-day water fast unless you are under supervision and/or are an experienced faster. Please speak to your doctor/medical professional first if you have any doubts. There are many other ways of fasting that could be more suitable.
Why I Talk About my Fast
The reason I’m sharing about my fast is to create awareness. You can find more information about the corporate fast I’m taking part in HERE. I haven’t seen this type of fast practised in the area where I live… yet. But I hope and pray that the practice will catch on.
I’m also sharing about my fast to help people understand that it is only the flesh that is deprived. When the flesh gets weaker, the spirit gets stronger, and then there is so much joy.
The Bible passage above is from the Daily Audio Bible, 12 January reading of the Bible in a Year. It just happened to be during my fast. I blog reflections about the passages from the DAB that stand out to me. If you came here hoping to find fresh new tarot/metaphysical content on here, I wish you well. Thank you for sticking with me up to this point.
The radical departure from all things occult is thanks to Jesus delivering me from the spirit of python three days ago. You can read about it HERE.