The Self Discipline Of Fasting Essay

1093 Words Jun 12th, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction
The self-discipline of fasting is a practise used throughout the bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, and is continued in Christians’ lives today. Fasting is important, as seen by Jesus’s example, to understand that God is our eternal source of life.
Summarise your original understanding of the discipline before the course started
My understanding of fasting was to give up a necessity, such as food, in order to remind myself to pray and hunger after God. Whether for an answer to a prayer, new vision, understanding or even just desiring to be closer to God. I had the mindset that fasting was mainly a tool to use in times of need. I saw it as more of a corporate activity than a personal one.
A Significant Christian figure in history who has contributed to this discipline
Jentezen Franklin, the pastor of Free Capel, is an individual that I would consider who has contributed to this discipline particularly in our current contemporary age. He has highly sought after books all to do with different types of fasting shown in the Bible. Franklin founded the 21 day fast movement which occurs at the beginning of each year in which thousands of Christians take part in. This practice has many testimonies of life transformations outcome through fasting. He has impacted many Christian’s perspectives on incorporating fasting into being a lifestyle rather than something done once or twice a year. He takes the example of different prophets fasting, throughout…

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