Friday, May 24
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”
Fasting is a practice of abstaining from something we want for something we want more. It involves self-discipline and focus, and Jesus advocated it for seasons of stretching our own hearts and minds to know Him more. There are seasons, weddings for instance, where celebration and joy reign.
Do I need to fast? When do I need to fast? What do I want God to do so badly that I would be willing to give up something else in order for that to happen?
Father, increase my hunger for You. I want to know You more, so if there is a time I need to pull away from earthly comforts and ask You to increase my vision of You, when might that be?
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.