Monday, December 17, 2007

Fasting


Recently, I've been actually reading the articles in my Relevant Magazine. One article that I read was about an expirement in fasting by a guy named Adam Smith. Mr. Smith tried to last for 40 days, only consuming liquids. He only made it to day 20, but provided some excellent wisdom through his experience:

"It's becoming apparent just how much of a culture of instant gratification we live in. In light of this, fasting seems practically counter cultural. It refuses to give into the prevaling sentiment that we are entitled to fulfill our desires the very moment we feel them, and that the experience of eating will fill some kind of deeper spiritual hunger. Fasting doesn't seem like such an ancient discipline in that context. It seems like something Americans desperately need to embrace."

Sounds like habitual fasting deserves a try. The Issue had some good articles on why Christmas sucks, and why it shouldn't

To read: A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer by John Piper

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