Choosing to Fast: Lenten Devotions
Monday, March 28
He, Tony Hall—executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger—and many of Bread’s partners plan to form a circle of protection around programs that meet the needs of hungry and poor people here in America and around the world—programs that new budget proposals threaten to cut in order to reduce the federal deficit.
More than 250 Bread members will also fast during this period.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline mentioned frequently in the Bible and upheld in the church for two millennia. In Scripture, it is mentioned in conjunction with prayer; when the faithful make requests to God, fasting is often involved. Fasting can help draw us closer to God, understand God’s provision in our lives, and grow in awareness of our (often unhealthy) attachment to food and other things. You can find more information about the spiritual basis of fasting in this guide.
We invite you to fast from one or more meals today. You may choose to continue fasting on a regular basis throughout Lent or just for a week, starting today. As you fast, consider the struggle of those who fast out of necessity—because no food is available to them.
Zach Schmidt is Central Midwest field organizer with Bread for the World.
Photo by gedoc.
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