Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Hello, my brothers and sisters. May the Spirit of the Lord fill you and make you complete. Amen! Today is the day after Thanksgiving and it is as good a day as any to fast. I have not eaten any food since consuming the Thanksgiving meal provided by the prison, which by the way, is a very good meal as far as prison food goes. The kitchen workers did an excellent job! It was the best meal I have had in my three-plus years of incarceration.
Fasting is the act of denying oneself that which is either necessary or desirable to you. When you go without, in the name of the Lord, it strengthens the bond between you and God. It also gives you great discipline and strengthens your ability to resist temptation. We should not fast and brag about it to others. Fasting is between you and God. I have fasted many times, but this is the first time I have shared the experience with all of you. Matthew 6:16 tells us “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” I am not writing this to boast. Rather, I am using this experience to share the importance and the benefits of fasting. (more…)