Our Lenten fasting can be used by the Lord to transform Levis into Matthews and to convert whole strata of society. Even the hardest hearts can be opened, and even areas of our society which are openly anti-Christian can become openly Christian. Imagine TV news anchors, celebrities, and billionaires proclaiming on their TV programs that they have accepted Jesus as Lord of their lives.
Yes, the Lord can work through this Lenten fast, as promised by the prophet Isaiah, but there are several conditions:
If we satisfy these conditions, "then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday" (Is 58:10). "The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake, and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up; 'Repairer of the breach,' they shall call you, 'Restorer of ruined homesteads' " (Is 58:12).
Fasting, indicative of a life totally in submission to the Lord, will be used to do the humanly impossible and transform the world. "Would that today you might fast so as to make your voice heard on high!" (Is 58:4)
|PRAYER:||Father, send the Spirit to teach me to fast.|
|PROMISE:||"Then you shall delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth." –Is 58:14|
|PRAISE:||St. John of God died a happy death. He passed into eternal life with Jesus while kneeling in prayer before the Church altar.|
Reprinted with permission from Presentation Ministries, a lay association of the Catholic Church that focuses on evangelization and discipleship through Bible teaching, daily Mass, the charisms of the Holy Spirit, and Small Christian Community. Their ministries include: