"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:16-18
I doubt that most of you fast on a regular basis. I know I don't. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that if we do fast, we shouldn't make it look like a struggle we're going through in order to please God (especially since our true intentions would be to look more godly than we are). If you should fast, be sure to be joyful about it. Be excited that you're doing something that will bring you closer to the heart of God. Don't be miserable because you've missed a few meals.
And let those missed meals be a reminder to you: your body is longing for sustainance...is your soul?
At Crossroads, we're in the middle of a 40-day fast. Our main directives are developing a kingdom mission and becoming radically generous with our money, possessions, time, and our lives. If you're interested in fasting, check out Fast For Greenville, a website that our Connections Pastor, Rich Butler, runs. There you'll find prayer directives for our 40-day fast, as well as links to numerous resources about fasting.
May your life be one that is obviously filled with the Spirit, and may any suffering you endure for the sake of Christ be joy to you.