The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast. – Matthew 9:15
If we are disciples of Jesus, we should be fasting.
Usually the call to spiritual fasting starts presenting itself once we are pretty significantly committed to spiritual growth. Beginning to feel the call to fast means that we are finally seeking more, needing to go deeper in our spiritual lives. What a beautiful gift!
I have to recommit every day in order to prioritize my prayer life. This time genuinely sustains my life. It gives me rest, energy and peace. Without it, I can’t imagine what my life would be like.
My marriage definitely wouldn’t be as close.
My parenting wouldn’t even be remotely peaceful – in fact, I know this because I tried it for 5 years before I figured this out.
My mental health would be dangerously unstable – with stress levels off the charts and fear of all life’s “what-if”s and potential negatives sending my hope for the future up in flames.
A strong prayer life is the only thing that keeps me balanced. I know because I haven’t always had it…. But, the closer I grow to Him and the more time I spend with Him, the more the weight of everything else genuinely seems to fade.