And I say all this not to try to come across like some spiritual discipline giant – I’m not. Seriously. I was the guy in seminary who fought and argued like crazy over the practice of fasting.
Besides. I have a southern baptist background. How many southern baptist ministers do you know who understand what a diet is, much less a fast?
Esther fasted to seek God’s favor in a time of crisis.
Daniel fasted in order to gain clarity and focus of God’s vision for his life.
Israel fasted for self-examination.
Israel also fasted before going into a major battle.
Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness.
And so I tell you that I will be fasting so you can pray for me and that God would give me the discipline and strength to seek Him more intensely than ever. I will not be blogging about how hungry I’ll get. (I see that as a digital equivalent of Matthew 6:16).
But I will post something down the road about all that God shows me over this period.