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Lent Day 21: Fasting and Feasting

March 20, 2020 John and Sungshim Loppnow Lent

If you missed the previous posts in this Lent series, you might find it helpful to start with Lent Day 4: Getting Started with Practices.

This Week's Breath Prayer*

  • Pause, be present to God in this moment, and notice the effect that this prayer has on you. Pray this prayer twice as follows:
  • Breathe IN: "Abba"
  • Breathe OUT 1st time: "I belong to you" -or- "belong"
  • Breathe OUT 2nd time: "WE belong to you" -or- "belong"

*For more detail on this breath prayer, see Lent Day 17: Prayer.

Go Deeper with Fasting and Feasting (optional):

  • Set your intention to grow your capacity to fast from food and feast on God’s sustenance from His living Word. Open your heart for the Holy Spirit to teach you and train you in a fresh way this season of Lent. As you are invited to fast today see this as an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Christ. See it as a relational experiment.

    Dallas Willard says, The Function of Fasting is to teach us how to be sweet, strong and kind when we don't get what you want.

    Learning to be kind and strong when we don’t get what we want is an essential relationship skill. Can you imagine any quality relationship without this capacity? All relationships that operate in the quality of love exhibit this way of being.

    And so here we are. Last night, the Governor of California issued a “Safer at Home” order limiting where we can go and what we can do, in the midst of circumstances that a few months ago none of us could have imagined. Can we become the kind of people who are still kind to the people around us as we are unable to do the things we normally would do? While this will be a challenging experience, can we see it as an opportunity to grow our capacity to live with patience?
  • Experiment with fasting from food for a period of time; a meal or longer. The focus of our fasting is not the food, but rather to engage with God in a way that sustains us as we feast on His living Word. See it as an invitation to experience the joy of relying on Christ. Be kind and gentle to yourself as you experiment!
  • Choose a passage to feast upon throughout the day. When you feel the twinge of hunger, chew on God’s word. Today's suggested passage is Romans 8:15-16:

    You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. - Romans 8:15-16 Common English Bible (CEB)
  • Have a conversation with God about your thoughts and feelings about fasting. Share with Christ that you desire to learn more from Him about fasting and how to rely on Him to sustain you while you abstain from food.
  • Prayerfully discern when and how you are invited to fast. Whether you choose today or tomorrow, a meal or more, remember that the goal of your fasting is to experience a joyful connection to Christ, learn to more fully rely upon Him, and become able to love like Him more and more.
  • Keep learning and growing. In this article, Dallas Willard explains the role of spiritual disciplines as a way of interacting with the presence of God with well directed action. "Live Life to the Full".

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