Skip to comments.What to Give Up (for Lent)? The List
Posted on 02/16/2010 4:03:10 PM PST by NYer
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What was the purpose of the fast? Why 21 days?
There are several: Matt. 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 5:35. In fact, in Matt. 6:16-18, Jesus even gives instructions on how to fast. Jesus says, "Do not look dismal like the hypocrites, but look clean and refreshed." In Matt. 17-21 and Mark 9:29, Jesus teaches that only prayer and fasting had special power to cure a man possessed by a demon. Jesus teaches about the efficacy of fasting and how fasting, coupled with prayer, is acceptable and pleasing to God. In Acts 13:2-3; 14:23 - the apostles engaged in prayer and fasting in connection with ordaining leaders of the Church. Prayer and fasting have always been the practice of the Church.
And these are only from the NT. Do you want the OT references too?
The purpose of the fast was to start the New Year by seeking God’s direction for our personal lives and for our church. 21 days was chosen because that was the model of Daniel in Daniel 10. Alot of people did a strictly fruits and veggies fast for the whole 21 days.
I take it that doesn't count communion? :->
I gave up eating between meals for lent. With any luck I will also be giving up around 10 pounds before this is over.
Forgiveness. I struggle with it daily for one person. Cigarettes would be easier.
A close friend and I are going to do it together. It is going to be tough but I think it is mostly just breaking bad habits, at least for me.
Best wishes to both of you. As with any behavior you want to change, it’s largely a matter of substitution a positive choice for one that’s not as good.