“I’m fasting from fasting” isn’t a legitimate excuse.

As uncomfortable as it can often be, fasting is a healthy spiritual discipline that we should continually work to improve on. Today marks the final day of fasting for the month of September, but it shouldn’t be our last fast.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing,” but there is no command to “fast without ceasing” (for obvious reasons). As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, Jesus didn’t give us a lot of instruction regarding fasting, but what He does say comes with the assumption that we will fast.

Anything we want to improve at will require being deliberate and strategic. You won’t accidently end up being spiritually well-disciplined. It will take work, and there are no shortcuts.

So when should you fast?

When there’s a big, pressing need.

When you feel the need to reconnect with God.

When you are diligently seeking direction from God.

Some people choose a day of the month or a day of the week to fast. Others do it on an as-needed basis, dependent on felt needs. As God made clear to Israel in the time of Isaiah, He is not after religious rituals, but about deepening relationships. The concern is not how or when, but that we do it.

Keep these Awaken Church prayer needs in mind as you continue to pray (and fast), and if you attend a church somewhere else, pray for similar things within the context of your church!

Awaken Pastors, Wives, and Families

Awaken Staff, Ministry Leaders, and Teams

Financial Provision and Generosity

More Team Members Serving

God’s Direction for the Future of Awaken

Spiritual Maturity

Awaken Kids

Awaken Students

Awaken Military Members and Families

Singles, Marriages, and Families

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