“And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke….” (Acts 13:2)
We can’t ignore it. Fasting pops up in the Bible—kind of matter-of-factly, and with some regularity. People just did it. Maybe they were more disciplined, or better trained, or more hungry for God. Or all three.
If we fast at all, most of us fast only in crisis. We need something from the Lord—an answer, some clarity, some help—and so we fast. And we expect God to show up in some special way. Oddly enough, it’s an effort on our part to manipulate Him.
The Lenten fast functions differently. It’s an annual pilgrimage. We approach it (usually) with more openness and less immediate need. It allows us to be attentive without being demanding, though on this third day we may be wondering what we signed up for!
Our fasting flushes out the spiritual ear-wax we may have developed. It creates space for listening. And by doing so, we “minister to the Lord.” Who knows? Perhaps the Holy Spirit will speak to our hearts and produce fresh conviction, renewed commitment, and deeper spiritual formation. It’s His call.
On this third day of Lent, let’s lean more into Him. And rather than just holding out for that binge on Sunday—remember, Sundays are not fast days—perhaps we can simply hold out for more of Him.
May we all discover more of that deeper and better place with Him today. Pray for it. Look for it. Expect it.
Lord Jesus, I fast today not to impress You but to honor You; not to receive from You but to minister to You. Guide me on this Journey. Less of me; more of You. Amen.