Day Four: Power Lunch or Hunger-Lunch?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke? …
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear…
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” (Isaiah 58.6, 8-9 NIV)

“One further reason for fasting… namely a deliberate doing without in order to share what we might have eaten (or its cost) with the undernourished. There is biblical warrant for this practice… when through Isaiah God condemned the hypocritical fasting of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, his complaint was that they were seeking their own pleasure and oppressing their workers on the very day of their fast. This meant partly that there was no correlation in their mind or actions between the food they did without and the material need of their employees. Theirs was a religion without justice or charity… To have an occasional (or, better, regular) ‘hunger-lunch’… these are forms of fasting which please God because they express a sense of solidarity with the poor.” (J. Stott, Christian Counter-culture, p. 138)

Prayer: Lord, may we practice the kind of fasting that you have chosen—a fasting that expresses and highlights your justice. Empower us through your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing “Rescued/Nothing Can Separate Us” by AMC MT (click here)

–JP

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