If Jesus fasted, why don’t we follow suit?

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By Jess Thompson

Have you ever fasted? Please email me if you have and tell me about your experience.
I know hundreds if not thousands of professing Christians, but only one or two who have ever fasted.
I have friends in another country that are Christians who fast often.
Why don’t American Christians? Why don’t churches, families and your local preacher encourage fasting as a part of Christian living?
Fasting is to go without eating for a certain amount of time to focus on spirituality. It is also described as a way to humble one’s self out of regret for sin.
Biblically, those who fasted did so to ask God to accomplish something or to intervene in certain situations.
Why don’t we fast culturally? If there has ever been a time Christians should be fasting, isn’t it now?
Let’s take a look at a few of the Biblical faces who did fast. Because of Judah’s sin and complacency, Joel 1:14 tells them, “Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.”
When faced with great danger, 2 Chronicles 20:2-4, tells us, “Some people came and told Jehoshaphat. A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.
“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.
“The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.”
Biblically, John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, fasted.  
In the book of Luke, Jesus went into the desert and ate nothing for 40 days.
So, we have numerous references about fasting like forgiveness from sin, help from the Lord, and finally our own king, Jesus, himself fasting. Yet culturally and as Christians, we don’t do it.
Why not?
I think I can answer that.
We are unwilling to discomfort ourselves in the slightest for Christ.
Has there ever been a more appropriate time for Christians to fast? Our society is more complacent and unrighteous now than ever.
I wish for a community-wide fast to humble us for Anderson County and this country.

Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at jesstnlburg@yahoo.com.