Throughout the Bible we see instances of God’s people separating themselves from life’s distractions by fasting. This time of separation allowed them to personally interact with God, without tangling themselves in the daily routine. There were different situations that caused the believers to fast. In Esther we see the entire nation of Israel fasting and crying out to God for fear of extermination because of Haaman’s wicked plan. Moses fasted before bringing God’s Law to the children of Israel. Even Jesus himself fasted before beginning His earthly ministry.
Each biblical account of fasting involved God’s people seeking for His involvement in a specific situation. Over this past weekend, our Youth Group, as well as the leaders fasted for 30 hours. Our goal was to consecrate our Youth Group, to ask God to take over and make a difference in the next year.
The night started out with us watching the Passion of the Christ, which immediately set the tone for the evening’s activities. After that, we spent a half hour singing songs that focused on the cross, and what Christ accomplished for us there. Then there were various games, activities, and lessons throughout the night. The evening then came to a close when each teen split off into their own separate room to read the book of Philippians, and connect it to their response to the cross.
When the teens woke up the next morning, everyone pitched in at 8am for the AngelFood food distribution ministry put on by our church.
Sunday morning we all came together again for worship in the morning and described to the church some of the things we saw God do, including adding new teens to a stagnant group, and convicting us all of ways we can better show Christ’s love to others.
That is a brief preview of what I would say it’s like to be a College Student training for ministry, as well as serving in ministry at BBC.