Dependence

This past Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the 40 days (excluding Sundays) of lent. Many people give up something (caffeine, sweets, etc) or add something (service) during this time. At our church, we are beginning an intentional time of prayer and fasting. In anticipation of our Daniel Fast earlier this year, I discovered that John Wesley (founder of Methodism) fasted 2 days a week, every week.

This is not a mourning type fasting as in the old testament.

Mark 2:18-22 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast? And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

This is a discarding of our old selves. An emptying, so God can fill us. A release of control.

Ephesians 3:21-22 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Am I willing to let Him, and Him alone, make me happy? Am I willing to empty myself every day and pick up my cross? Am I willing?

Matthew 7:7-11 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Am I ready for His answer?

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