Hello fasting community! It is Day 10 of our 21-day fast, and we are right on the cusp of the halfway mark. As I have been fasting, the Lord has placed upon my heart the idea of a “Love Fast.” Let me share with you the meaning of this. The scriptures I would like us to look at are found in the book of Matthew.
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?”
And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
So we read that Jesus is being questioned why the Pharisees and the disciples of John fast, and yet the disciples of Jesus are not fasting. Upon first reading this, if I was a disciple of John, and were fasting, I too would probably feel like I would have a bone to pick since fasting can be a tough undertaking. But the idea of a “Love Fast” is presented in the reply of Jesus. He simply answers, how can one mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them. What He was saying is, why should His disciples mourn and fast when they were in the presence of God himself? Then Jesus goes on to say:
“But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Jesus is saying that there will come a time for mourning and fasting. And that time is when we are not in the presence of God. Now we can just think that Jesus is talking about His ascension to Heaven, but I believe Jesus was also referring to the spiritual. We should love God’s presence so much that any time it is no longer in our lives – or if we feel our relationship with Him is fading – or simply if we desire more of Him – it should cause us to mourn and fast. This is why Jesus says we fast: to get His presence back in our lives. We must come to a point in our lives that we love the presence of God so much that we will lay down whatever it takes to have it.
Maybe you are reading this today and realize that you are not as close to God as you once were. Maybe you feel His presence in your life, but desire a deeper relationship. By joining us in our Church-Wide Fast, you are on the right track. You are on your “Love Fast.”