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Monday Devotion: Celebrating Fasting

Suggestions for Further Reading of Celebration of Discipline

I think fasting is required for every believer of Christ today. Although Jesus has not constituted fasting as commandment for his disciples in the New Testament, yet we can not ignore the truth of Jesus’ teaching on fast on the Sermon of Mount in the opening of his public ministry. He never taught his disciples not to fast, but he restored proper fasting. Indeed, Jesus has advanced on the principle that the children of God would fast in his Kingdom. Today, church should fast in the absence of her groom.

There are two major differences in fasting: one that is centered on God and other not centered on God. God centered fasting drives a man into the close relationship with God. This kind of fasting is a channel to connect with God which brings blessings in our spiritual and physical lives. In other word, it attaches us to the world through God’s spirit but gives us freedom from the worldly life. It is a spiritual discipline. Contrary, fasting that is not centered in God is merely a merit. It is a worldly discipline to keep metabolism in good condition. This kind of fasting seeks detachment from ones own mind and soul from the world. Fasting that is not centered on God is a mere practice of trying to keep oneself from worldly thoughts. It has nothing to do with the relationship with God. Nevertheless, people of different faith other than Christianity fast on a regular basis so that their will be fulfilled by their gods.

Specific Suggestions

General: Engaging in a partial fast by abstaining from a particular kind of food or beverage is one of the best suggestions for beginners. When you want to get rid of some of your habits or food or beverage, but you were not able to do so on your own, fast can be a greater help for you. I also had some issues with anger. Minor things used to annoy me a lot. I tried to not be angry, but my all efforts went in vain.  I was just struggling inside me and trying to build up my confidence and overcome my anger and bitterness toward people. My commitment seemed futile to the point that I felt completely helpless. So I fasted for getting rid of some of those mental and spiritual issues. After fasting, there is no more struggle and everything is in control. God gave me victory over my past habits.

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Monday Devotion: Agnes Sanford on Prayer

Agnes Sanford was born to Presbyterian missionary parents in China in 1897. Indeed, she might have learned about Christianity from her parents and came to know the sole purpose of life on earth. She got married to an Episcopalian priest and lived for years in New Jersey. She had an uncomplicated faith and confidence on God for healing through his power. She lived a very Christ-centered life. She never entangled herself with so-called denominations, complex questions of creed, or structural belief on God. She just concentrated on the practicality of prayer. Consequently, God used her as an effective instrument to bring healing in many lives. Millions of copies of her books on healing prayer hit the market then.

This selection is taken from Sanford’s much loved book “The Healing Light[1]. The book talks much about the practicality of prayer that encourages Christian believers to put their wavering faith to the test. Furthermore, the writer recommends having faith, and exercising it with discipline. Her trust on God was childlike. Thus, she experienced God’s healing through prayer.

The writer guides us through an experimental prayer. It says that we should keep praying continuously for the subject. Prayer teaches us to learn from God for better adjustment. It needs submission and teachable heart. Therefore, the writer quotes from the beatitudes of Jesus Christ that the poor in the spirit are the blessed, and they inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. People who humbly acknowledge their spiritual weakness and poverty can learn from God through prayer. Once man comes to know that creeds are imperfect; human being is incomplete, and his mind is limit to understand all truths of God can learn to pray ceaselessly. Continue reading Monday Devotion: Agnes Sanford on Prayer