Matthew 9:14-16 (NLT)
14 One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, “Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?”
15 Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Jesus is gone.
Whatever you do don’t forget this.
One day he will return (soon I pray), but for now he is gone—and even his Second Coming will be short, only coming to snatch away those looking/longing for him.
Why do we fast? Because Jesus is gone.
For this we mourn and grieve. Our love, our longing is Jesus and we miss him so much that we’ve lost our appetite.
And per chance we find our passion waning for our missing Lord we fast—attacking aggressively our misguided affections and worldliness.
- Prayer: Oh Lord Jesus, forgive me for my divided affections. Forgive me for how comfortable I have become in this world. I am spending this season of prayer and fasting to starve out this worldly mindset and to set my affection on things above. Maranatha Lord (Come quickly Lord) and take me away. There’s nothing here for me except those I want to take with me to be with you. All else…I fast.
Revelation 22:20 (NLT)
20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
We are hungry for you, Lord Jesus.