And so we begin the 40 days of lent. However, if you are anything like me you will have checked the date and realised that lent isn’t 40 days long! It was decided that Sundays were not to be days of fasting because a they were to celebrate the risen Christ, and so lent is 46 days…no fasting on Sundays!

Fasting is not a subject we like to talk about, but it is talked about in the bible, and it is talked about by Jesus. He is very clear that there will come a time when we should fast.

““Jesus answered, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭5:34-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

But he doesn’t say what we should fast! There are many different types of fast, from a full fast of no liquids or food (you can only do this for three days) to just fasting solids, to a Daniel fast, with many other variations inbetween. The reason the bible doesn’t specify the type of fast is that the Lord wants a relationship with us and it is from that place He will lead us in how we are to fast.

You need to decide how you are going to fast, but do it before the Lord, asking for his leading and direction. What you will find though as you continue during this period of lent, and not just in lent but as the Lord would lead you afterwards, is that your devotion and love towards Him will increase. There is no sacrifice that goes unseen before the Lord, though we may not know an immediate tangible out working to our fasting, it is doing a work within, recalibrating our spirit to focus on Jesus.

Dear Lord, as I begin this period of Lent will you lead me in how I should fast, will you guide me and draw me closer to your heart and restore to me my first love. Give me grace and cause me to hear your voice. In Jesus name, Amen.