Fasting 3We are members of a society where many just live for today and have no concern for tomorrow. If it feels good, do it – and if you want it take it, are comments all too often heard from those around us whose only concern seems to be for their own well being.

During the Christian season of Lent we take time out to look back at the yesterdays in our Faith to recall the life and death of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Lent also gives us the opportunity to prepare ourselves to celebrate the joyful resurrection of Jesus who proved He was God.

Fasting is a way of denying ourselves something we enjoy. Its origins go way back in time and in Scripture we often see the words ‘prayer and fasting’ linked together.

Fasting is a form of prayer which many Christians practice, particularly during Lent. It is a tangible way to seek the Lord’s forgiveness for past indiscretions and to acknowledge the suffering Jesus underwent for each one of us.

Fasting does not have to be an enormous personal sacrifice to be effective, nor should it be used meerly as an excuse to lose weight. It is an opportunity for us to be thankful for past blessings, to look forward with hope to the future and to deliberately go against the grain of today’s society.

We are people of God not animals, and just because it feels good, we do not necessarily have to do it, whatever ‘it’ might be.

Peter Mack

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