To Offer Ourselves to Jesus

Matthew 6:1, 16-18

Fasting is kind of like the current political situation in our country. Everyone likes to complain about it. It is, by far, one of the least popular (or practiced) spiritual disciplines of the modern American Church. But what if there’s something to fasting? What if it has a hidden or untapped power? What if it could actually help us, not just in terms of meeting our personal health goals or New Year’s Resolutions, but in our relationship with God? That’s what we’ll be talking about for the next couple of weeks: The purpose and intent of fasting as a Christian discipline and how it can help us grow in relationship with God.

If you’re looking to go deeper into this sermon series or where we’re heading with the spiritual disciplines, check out Lauren Winner’s book Mudhouse Sabbath. She writes well about all the disciplines, but she has a really excellent chapter on fasting. Richard Foster’s book The Celebration of Discipline has a helpful chapter on fasting as well.