When is the last time you entered into an extended spiritual fast? Fasting is ultimately an expression
of humility and dependence on God. Fasting is more about replacing than it is about abstaining. It is
about replacing the daily intakes of food, entertainment, and human contact with focused times of
prayer, feeding on large amounts of the Word of God and spiritual listening. One of the great benefits
of spiritual fasting is a heightened awareness of God’s presence and power in our lives. It is not that
God has moved, but that we have. Fasting has a great way of moving us toward a deeper spiritual
dependency away from willful self-dependency. Take a few minutes this week reading through the
scriptures, insights and reflective questions to sharpen the spiritual discipline of fasting in your life.