Fasting, Praying, and Giving

Fasting, Praying, and Giving

Today, February 14th is not only Valentines Day, but it marks the start of Lent. In many areas of Christianity, Lent is observed as a 40-day period for fasting and abstinence (Sundays excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ's fasting in the wilderness before he began his public ministry. This period is 46 days prior to the beautiful Resurrection Day also known as Easter.

Weather you observe Lent or not, this is a great time to begin to think about the great sacrifice that God made by giving us His only Son to die, so we can live. Fasting, abstinence and increased prayer gives glory to God and helps bring us closer to Him. Knowing that He is the only bread we need and only He will give us life. Fasting can mean more than just giving up food. Other areas of fasting can include refraining from social media, TV, video games, worry, gossip, coffee, or other worldly things we have in our lives that many times provide comfort or have become habit. Or maybe something new out of your comfort zone like praying with a family member, spreading the Gospel to others, or being that encouraging face at work.

This is a time to grow closer to God, praise Him and open our hearts fully to Him. Make time to be in the Word every day. Spend extra time praying, listening, and giving God your attention. Be more intentional about praying for others or giving of your time. Set time to volunteer, get out of your comfort zone and take a step of faith into an area you feel being pulled to. However it is on your heart, I encourage you to do something during this time to focus on your relationship with Christ, give Him even greater glory and praise for all He has and continues to do for us.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

Eph 3:20-21

May your heart draw closer to Christ during this time.

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