Psalm 103 or 103:8-14
What does it Mean to "Fast"
Usually a person will fast from all food, or from a certain food. My daughter Jamie and her friend fasted from Chocolate and Cokes when she was 13 years old. The reason to fast is to sacrifice yourself to something that you enjoy eating or doing. You can also make a sacrifice by fasting from video games, TV, or some other activity or hobby. If you hate carrots and say you will fast from eating carrots what sacrifice will that be? The idea is to teach ourselves that faith and time alone with God will grow through sacrifice. Giving up something that we love will teach us to turn to God when the thing that we are fasting from begins to allure us. The purpose of the fast is to take time to refocus one's mind and thoughts on God. And it teaches us Self-Control and to learn to easily say NO when Satan tempts us with sins of the world.
Many Christians will give up something that they like to do, and use that time to read the Bible. The more you read God's Word the more Knowledge you will receive and the more Understanding you will have about God's Counsel and His Wisdom.
It is fun to fast from something together as a family. Just 4 Kids Magazine is starting a 40 day Bible Study Just 4 you and your family to share and read together. Websites, like Theholidayspot.com has free coloring sheets, stories, and poems that can download and print for Lent and Ash Wednesday.
Ref: Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, Thank you for this time of year that we remember what Jesus did for us so that we can become Your children, and live with you forever in heaven. Help us to learn more about You and Your Son from Your Word, the Bible. And help us to learn to say NO to sins and YES to obeying your commandments and spending more time with you. Thank you for being the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near--
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness spread upon the mountains
a great and powerful army comes;
their like has never been from of old,
nor will be again after them
in ages to come.
Yet even now, says the LORD,
return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;
rend your hearts and not your clothing.
Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.
Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him,
a grain offering and a drink offering
for the LORD, your God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
sanctify a fast;
call a solemn assembly;
gather the people.
Sanctify the congregation;
assemble the aged;
gather the children,
even infants at the breast.
Let the bridegroom leave his room,
and the bride her canopy.
Between the vestibule and the altar
let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep.
Let them say, "Spare your people, O LORD,
and do not make your heritage a mockery,
a byword among the nations.
Why should it be said among the peoples,
`Where is their God?'"
John 1:1-18 (New International Version, ©2011) The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."
John 1:5 Or understood
John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who
The Bible texts of the Old Testament from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA. The Gospel Bible Text is from NIV and copied from Bible Gateway.com