It’s been two months of practicing these spiritual disciplines, and I have learned patience, about my own brokenness, and satisfaction in the simple things.
Once the Holiday Season of 2018 got started, I knew I had to do something regarding my eating habits. That desire intersected with my inclination to become a better praying pastor, and all together moved me to consider intermittent fasting.
It sounded like a good idea; desperate maybe, but since desperation is a normal response if we consider our real condition, then I decided to give my plan of fasting daily for 18 hours a go.
Sprinkled among those 18 hours are dedicated time and places to pray. I pray for the preaching of His word at our church, for the members of our congregation – what would be consider a pastoral prayer, for our leaders, and for those we are serving in our communities.
It has been two months of this approach to fasting and prayer, and the results have been significant:
- It’s easier now to appreciate and find delight in simple things, like water and herbal teas with no sugar.
- Worship on Sunday mornings is filled with expectations of how the Triune God of the Universe may be pleased to answer my prayers… or not.
- I have a heighten sense of expectation and hope, waiting for the glory that is coming.
- I’m more aware of His character, my real condition, and what He is doing about it.
I believe what makes prayer and fasting acceptable spiritual disciplines is the starting point (humility and desperation) and the application of the desire and ability He gives us; this in the form of consistency and formality.
What spiritual disciplines are you practicing? How do those practices reveal to you the nature of His character, the condition of your own heart, and what He is doing about it?
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.