Our local grocery store is suggesting we raise a food lover. Sorry folks. That is what happened to me. My folks raised a girl who loves every food in the world. (Well, with the exception of liver!)And truth be known if liver was all that stood between me and a missed meal, I’d probably eat it.
That’s why I wrote a book called “The Food Lover’s Devotional” because most of us just love our food, don’t we?
We don’t hear much about prayer and fasting lately. Fasting, why you have got to be kidding! How could I miss my morning coffee and donut; or my cheeseburger at lunch? Or my chicken and fries in the evening? Indeed. I recognise your pain. I feel it myself.
This is one of God’s comments on fasting.
“Shout! A full-throated shout! Hold nothing back; a trumpet-blast shout! Tell my people what’s wrong with their lives; face my family Jacob with their sins! They’re busy, busy, busy at worship, and love studying all about me.
To all appearances, they’re a nation of right-living people— law-abiding, God-honouring. They ask me, ‘What’s the right thing to do?’ and love having me on their side. But they also complain, ‘Why do we fast and you don’t look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don’t even notice?’
“Well, here’s why: “The bottom line on your ‘fast days’ is profit. You drive your employees much too hard. You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. You fast, but you swing a mean fist. The kind of fasting you do won’t get your prayers off the ground. Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after: a day to show off humility; to put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, God, would like? (Isaiah 58, MSG)
Prayer- Lord, teach us how to fast with a lifestyle that meets your standards. Amen.