Forty Days Fasting in the Catholic Church
The Lenten season is one of the most significant periods in the Catholic church. You practically walk Jesus through His forty days fasting after which He gained the power to trample on the devil. Satan had no other option but to flee from Him.
Jesus was not in a temple, chapel or with His disciples. He was all alone in the quietness of the desert. God tested Jesus by exposing Him to the temptations of Satan but He never gave in.
Looking at it critically, Jesus received the baton of fasting for forty days from Moses. That symbolized continuity of the Ten Commandments that Moses received after his forty days fasting. Jesus, on the other hand, qualified to take the position of the savior of the world after His 40-day fasting.
Christ similarly passes on the baton to us. The Lenten season is a time when we entice God to reveal Himself more and take us to the next place He has destined for us. He did it for Moses and Jesus. He can also do it for us.
What have you lined up for your lent period?
Are you ready to receive that gift God has prepared for you although you do not know what it is?
As you prepare, do not ignore this important rule of thumb.
You can choose what suits you best from these three options.
Pray and Fast with Suffering
Both Moses and Jesus suffered to accomplish God’s mission because they denied themselves the luxury of eating at the body’s demand.
At one point in the three-year journey of Jesus’ teachings, He reiterated that some demons can only leave through prayer and fasting.
Sometimes you may not know what exactly is cooking inside you yet you experience one challenge after the other. Problems are somehow permanent. Such a case requires you to commit yourself to suffer in order to attain freedom.
It involves reorganizing your meals to accommodate the fasting period you have chosen per day. We all love food and hunger pangs may become worse than ever before but you have to realize it’s a temptation to break your fast so that you lose the target.
Refrain from a Bad Habit
Addiction kills your relationship with God. It is not just about addiction to alcohol, drugs or illicit sex. Some addictions easily go unnoticed and we tend to focus more on other people’s problems that appear bigger than ours.
The love of gossip and lazing around are examples of addictions that seem mild but are equally dangerous.
You can pinpoint a habit that you find so difficult to detach yourself from and dedicate it to Jesus this Lenten season. Your goal should obviously be to freely walk out of it by the end of the forty days and never go back there.
Thank God this Lenten Season
Some years are smooth running and others come with unexpected challenges. Prayer and fasting have great rewards; those who practice this can attest to it.
It’s not unfortunate though if you cannot fast this year because God always has something for everybody and He will still give you what He plans to if you stick to your schedule. He knows you are sick, on medication or recovering from a delicate health condition that may take you some time to fully recover.
Rest assured that if you understand Him, He understands you too.
You can do exactly as these verses suggest.
Psalms 50:14; Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God, and give the Almighty all that you promised.
Psalms 50:23; Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me, and I will surely save all who obey me.
God asks for what He knows you can give. He doesn’t want to hurt you.
The option that God feels is the best for you this Lenten season is the one that holds the keys that will unlock God’s plan for you. Don’t favor yourself with the simplest option when your background check requires the heavier option. Take up the challenge and move those mountains that are sitting on your freedom.