As we enter into the Global Bridegroom Fast for February (Feb 1-3) , I want to take a minute and remind us what the GBF is all about.
In Matthew 9, Jesus is questioned about why He and His disciples did not fast like everyone else.
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the Bridegroom mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” (Mt. 9:14-15)
His answer gives us some insight into one of the roots of fasting – longing for deep personal encounter with the Bridegroom God.
This “Bridegroom Fast,” as it is often called, is focused on engaging with Jesus in loving worship, prayer, and devotion in a deeper way.
Mike Bickle of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City says this about the Bridegroom Fast:
We do not fast to motivate God to pay attention to us, but to receive the affection He already has for us—it is not to move His heart, but our own.
Believers all over the world set aside the first Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of each month to fast and pray. I want to encourage each and every one of you to set aside these 3 days and fast – all food, or some food, or entertainment, or screens, or social media, for example.
Let’s continue the momentum of the 21-day First-love Fast in January.
I would also like to encourage you all to pick a day of the week to fast each week this year. I’m personally picking Mondays as a fasting day. I will choose some sort of fast each Monday and spend time connecting my heart with God in a focused way.
I pray that the Lord would give you grace to join with believers all over the world in in fasting, prayer, and worship in this season. Let us humble ourselves, seek God’s face, and contend for His Kingdom purposes to be fulfilled. We can do this – together!
For additional resources on fasting, please visit this link.