Wednesday, January 8, 2014
I realized about a week ago that I have never really fasted. I mean, I have "fasted" for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday before but never for longer than a day and never with a purpose.
At the time I was reading a quote by Padre Pio, "You and I must pray and fast if there is to be hope for the future."
I realized I am totally on board with the praying thing, but honestly, outside of Lent, I have never given much thought to the fasting thing. I decided, especially with the things that are happening in my life and in those around me, I wanted to try a fast.
As I read Padre Pio's quote I remembered the story from scriptures about the disciples failing to cast out a demon from a person and then Christ came and cast the demon out. When they asked why they had failed, he answered, "Because of your little faith: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. But this kind goeth not out save by prayer and fasting." I thought, if Christ said there are things that can only be accomplished by fasting, I better be fasting!