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Say What? Poor, Poor Me

Apr 14, 2024    Garry Firth

Here are some questions to help you process this message and apply it to your life: 

1. Have you ever had to fast for a blood test or some other reason? How long did you have to fast and what was your experience? What did you miss the most? (caffeine, carbs, candy, etc.)

2. In this message we heard how people fasted when they desired to see God move in a powerful way or work in a particular way at a particular time. Have you ever practiced fasting or observed others fasting? If so, what was your experience?

3. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting.” (Matthew 6:16)

Jesus advises his followers not to appear somber while fasting but to maintain a joyful appearance. What do you think is the significance of this advice?

4. “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others 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 6:17-18)

In these verses Jesus mentions how when we fast in the right way, and with the right motive God will reward us. What is the reward? Is it God doing what you asked him to do or is it something else?

5. Garry shared his experience of a time when he fasted. Have you ever fasted? If so, what was your experience and what benefits or insights did you experience through your time of fasting? If not, why haven’t you fasted?

6. What else stood out to you from today’s message?

Take some time this week to think and pray about fasting and whether it’s something you feel called to do. Maybe it’s to pray for a friend, the city, our country, TMP or something in your own life. Maybe start with skipping one meal. Or maybe skip lunch for the week. How you choose to do it is up to you. Of course, if your health doesn’t allow you to miss a meal, choose something else to abstain from for a time (TV, social media, etc.)