The Days of Transformation-Fasting & Prayer
FASTING & PRAYER
Lent is a season that reminds us to repent, to get our priorities straight, and clean our hearts through sacrament, fasting, reading of the word of God accompanied by prayer. In this season of lent, we are also reminded by God himself to return to Him. Prophet Joel tells us “Now, therefore says the Lord,” Turn to Me with all your heart with fasting, with weeping and with mourning. So rend your heart and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful…”Joel 2:15. We need to constantly turn our heart and mind to God through prayer and repentance inorder to improve the quality of our life, Let us, however remember that the Lenten season provides us a special grace.
My Dear Friends, during this Lenten season many of us fast; but what kind of fasting is that? Spiritual fasting is not just about giving up food or other items just for these days; it is about fasting and praying and feeding the spirit through our obedience to God. These days are days of transformation, a time of realizing the sacrifice of Jesus, a time to repent ourselves and a time to renew our relationship with god. Therefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:14-16 “When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. “Matthew 6:17,18 “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. ”Matthew 26:41
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.
….by vivitha victor