was wrong.” What did you think I was going to say. “I love you.” No way, too many people throw that sentence around like it was there job, they they have a quota of things and people that they have to say they love before they die. Not lying, I have heard people say, “I love you,” to inanimate objects and while I do love food, I try not to look food in the eyes (only when its potatoes) and say I love you.
The three words I am talking about are “I was wrong.” No one likes to admit that they messed up, whether it is some obscure fact about the 13th president of the US, Millard Fillmore (didn’t even have to look that one up!) or about whether you remember someone’s name when you clearly done that (listen to Brian Regan’s bit about nicknames, hilarious!).
We, as humans like to believe we are infallible when in fact we are so fallible it is ridiculous. I can’t even type this blog without seeing the red squiggly line appear under a bunch of words, because “I was wrong” when I spelled the word.
I am here to tell you that “I was wrong.” A while back I wrote a blog about fasting. In that blog I talked about how I thought fasting was not necessarily about food, how instead of depriving myself of food and praying to God during that time, I would not use technology for one day a week and get things done. Wow, did I miss the boat. I was sooooo wrong. I have been convicted big-time by the book “God’s Chosen Fast” by Author Wallis.
In the book Mr. Wallis talks about how fasting has been converted to something different in modern society. It not longer is about what it was about in the Bible and it is something rarely done at all. He talks about how fasting is all about restricting food intake in some form, whether it is no food at all, only certain foods (like the Daniel fast) or both food and drink. The biggest thing though is that he pointed out Jesus’ words about fasting.
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (italics mine)
When? Did you just say “when you fast”, Jesus? That means I am supposed to do this….dang it! I have to actually restrict food intake so that I may concentrate and pray. There are medical reasons why a fast can be beneficial, but honestly I don’t care about that. Jesus commands us to fast. Now I’m not going to tell you when I am fasting seeing as that would go against the next verse, but I do encourage you to read this book (it’s not too long) and check out what happened to people in the Bible and others since then when they did fast.
One warning though, do not just fast without knowing the proper way. I don’t want anyone fasting in the wrong way. Do some research first.