Time Check 2am.
Sleepless in Sydney once again as I stayed up past the ‘sleep window’ watching tv which was hot on the heels of 3 long chapters of a theology textbook.
Yes blogosphere, you have been forsaken for the joys of deep theological study. Specifically this month, Christology… I just bet you never knew there was such a thing as a deep intellectual branch of science all about Christ. Yep. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying this course… I know… it’s not normal.
However, I’m not posting about Christology, so if you were about to leave here for more interesting shores, forgive my errant ways and let me waffle on about fasting… another strange and unusual Christian rite/tradition.
Now, I know that mostly fasting is associated with Lent, which is not heavily featured in the Pentecostal calendar. We just fast when we get the urge. And our Senior Pastor got the urge for the church to do a 21 day fast in August.
So? I hear you say, you don’t have to fast do you? The answer is of course no, I choose to do this. And for what it’s worth, it isn’t as though I’m eating NOTHING… actually, I’m doing a partial fast, I simply eat fruit, veges, seeds and nuts, and occasionally some meat. And I drink juice or green tea.
Yeah, sounds like a diet huh? Well, it may have physical benefits as well as spiritual ones, certainly the absence of coffee made its presence felt with the headache and lethargy, but a week into this 21 day course of action and I’m feeling pretty good. (No, no chocolate either… [gasp]).
The next step is to pray, and the flip side of the fast is that there is a roster going for 24/7 prayer, in the prayer chapel (yep, our church has a dedicated prayer building) and tomorrow I’m going to pray for an hour. Got anything you want me to add to the list?
Ooh.. here’s the answer to my prayer for tonight…[she yawns]…. yep, better head to bed before I miss the next window…
I’d never heard of lent until last year I think (we won’t discuss that now though;-) I’d heard a lot about fasting though, the total fasting kind seemed to be most popular in my circles. I never lasted more than a day since I ended up sick and lying on the couch after missing one meal. I think the fast when you need to thing may not be so popular in Orthodox circles since they’re already fasting about 100 days of the year. I keep explaining to life long Orthodox people that Protestants do fast as well.
God bless you during your period of fasting and increased prayer.
T&E that’s torture… Puuure torture.
I’m totally amping for a Max Brenner’s Hot chocolate with chilli…
I wonder if they do breakfast hot chocs… that’ll be my first stop come September 1…
By day 15 you should be in almost constant prayer…..
For a nice bacon sandwich, some chocolate and an endless supply of coffee.
I fast daily