As the LeTourneau University family seeks God’s direction in where He may be leading the institution for the future, one area of preparation could be the discipline of fasting. Scripture has many examples of fasting in times when extra strength or perseverance was needed or when God’s people were actively seeking His will.
In her Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun states:
Fasting is not a magical way to manipulate God into doing our will; it’s not a way to get God to
be an accomplice to our plans. Fasting clears us out and opens us up to intentionally seeking
God’s will and grace in a way that goes beyond normal habits of worship and prayer (p. 219).
The practice of fasting can include:
- Abstaining from food, drink, shopping, or visiting with friends to allow more time to be with God,
- Abstaining from media, television, computers, e-mail, or cell phones in order to hear the voice of God speak to us, and
- A time of repentance and waiting upon God.
As a part of the Seven Days of Prayer or during any portion of LeTourneau University’s visioning process, consider fasting as a way to prepare yourself and seek a God-inspired Vision.
Suggested Scripture References: Matthew 6:16-18; Acts 13:2-3
Calhoun, A. A. (2005). Spiritual Disciplines Handbook – Practices that Transform Us. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.