Ramadan Day 7 – One Week In
I’ve noticed something recently that sort of disturbs me. People are looking for spiritual lessons in some really odd places. Yesterday on twitter I saw a tweet that said “10 Spiritual Lessons You Can Learn from Your Dog” – seriously.
I’m not against finding spiritual lessons in everything but this seems a bit ridiculous to me. Especially when you can pick up the Baghavad Gita, the Holy Bible, the Quran, The Tao te Ching or hundreds of other books that are packed with spiritual lessons. Really, you don’t have to turn to your dog for spiritual advice.
Jesus offered lessons that anyone can learn from. Even about fasting. Check this out.
Jesus did not suggest that Christians fast. He expected it! He didn’t say, “If you fast”, but, “When you fast (see Matthew 6:16).” He taught that fasting was a necessity in the realm of the spiritual. In Matthew 17:21, when the disciples ask Jesus why they could not cast an epileptic spirit out of a young boy, He tells them, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Fasting must be a practice for all those who desire to see the kingdom of heaven manifest on earth. True fasting should be a time of preparation for the supernatural.
“Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
We can learn a very simple lesson from this first parable. There is a time to fast and a time to feast. We must use wisdom to discern the time and the need.The parable of the new wine in verse 22 speaks of fasting as a means of personal transformation.