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Rhythms: Prayer & Fasting

Matthew 6:5-18

January 6, 2019 • Jan Vezikov

When every day becomes a feast, no day truly is. We've lost the rhythm of feasting (celebrating God's bounty and kindness), because we've lost the rhythm of fasting (celebrating God). We don't fast to fast, but fast to pray--and we don't pray to pray, but pray to fellowship with Our Heavenly, our greatest need, even greater than that for food. By looking at the spiritual rhythm of fasting, we can feast on fellowship with God.

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God hard-wired humans to both work and rest, in a healthy rhythm. If we stop doing either, we stop living full, flourishing lives. This is why God actually commands us to rest physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and this is meant to be a blessing, not a burden. In fact, regular rest is so important that God put it in the Ten Commandments, right up there with "Don't commit adultery" and "Don't murder." Thus, resting every seventh day isn't just a nice suggestion, but actually morally binding. If we break this commandment, it breaks us.

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December 30, 2018 • Jan Vezikov

In the same way that God has designed our bodies to function optimally when aligned with circadian rhythms, He has designed our souls to function optimally when aligned with spiritual rhythms. For the next six Sundays, we are devoting our attention to the spiritual rhythms the Lord has prescribed for us in Scripture as a means of grace for spiritual flourishing: Scripture, Prayer & Fasting, Sabbath, Community, Worship, and Generosity. Once these rhythms are a natural part of your life, you will be on your way to a successful 2019 (and beyond)!