Yesterday, my women’s Bible study group completed our study on Biblical fasting. In this post, I will share some concluding thoughts and a free downloadable Bible study guide.
At the onset of this study I never anticipated the depth of riches I would gain throughout this learning experience. The sentiment that best expresses what I feel is, “I once was blind but now I see.” I was spiritually blind by my ignorance about the significance of fasting as part of the Christian life.
During prayer and preparation for the final lesson, the image of a three-legged stool came to mind. I was reflecting upon Jesus’ pattern for living the Christian life. The one he shared in Matthew 6. Imagine each one of the duties Christ spoke of giving, prayer, and fasting representing one of the legs of the stool. If one leg is missing the stool’s designed function is nearly useless—it’s unstable. All three legs must be present for stability and for a person to set upon it in confidence.
The stool metaphorically represented my life. Unfortunately, I was missing a leg. Not anymore, I’ve met with the Creator. He opened my eyes, showed me my need, and did repair work. I’m on three legs! Oh, what solid confidence and surety to set upon all three.
A Tinge of Sadness
I feel a tinge of sadness wrapping up this topical study. There is still much to learn and experience, but it’s time to move on to new pastures where my Shepherd leads.
As mentioned above you can download a modified version of the study my women’s group used for the past six weeks, click the large green button to get yours. What did I modify? We did this study by searching the Scriptures in conjunction with reading Fasting by Jentezen Franklin. I changed and omitted questions that I had drawn specifically from the text of the book. I created a downloadable version, of our study that anyone can do using the Bible as their only reference source. Would I recommend other supporting resources? Absolutely, there are a number of excellent options available and I’m sharing a list of my favorites here. Two I discovered while preparing this post. The lists are alphabetical not by personal preference.
“10 Biblical Purposes for Fasting.” The NIV Bible,
www.thenivbible.com/blog/10-biblical-purposes-fasting. Accessed 22 February 2022.
Hendrix, Chris. “The Discipline of Fasting.” Devotions by Chris, 06 January 2022,
www.devotionsbychris.com/2022/01/06/the-discipline-of-fasting-2. Accessed 22 February 2022.
Hurt, Bruce. “Matthew 6:6-18 Commentary.” Precept Austin, 26 April 2020,
www.preceptaustin.org/matthew_616-18#f. Accessed 07 March 2022.
“How to Begin Fasting.” Navigators,
http://www.navigators.org/resource/how-to-begin-fasting. Accessed 07 October 2018.
“The Place of Fasting in the Christian Life — Full Article.” C.S. Lewis Institute, 25 April 2018,
www.cslewisinstitute.org/The_Place_of_Fasting_in_the_Christian_Life_FullArticle. Accessed 07 March 2022.
Franklin, Jentezen. Fasting. Charisma House, 2008.
Wallis, Arthur. God’s Chosen Fast. CLC Publications, 2016.
Dear Reader, if this series has sparked an interest or curiosity about Biblical fasting follow that unction. Make it a priority to look into the Scriptures asking God to show you the truth.
Dear Father God, thank You for opening my eyes and revealing this discipline. Holy Spirit, I pray You will grant wisdom and insight to those wanting to learn more. Thank You for purifying Your bride. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
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