"Nawa oh, you too? This is going to be a very boring month for me mehn, everybody is fasting."
"Wait, you're not fasting? You mean it's January and you're not fasting!?"
I listened to this exchange between two casual friends with a knowing smile. Speaker A wanted to hang out, have some drinks maybe, with Speaker B who happens to be her usual hang out buddy. "Nawa oh, you too?" betrays just how surprised Speaker A is, that her partner-in-crime and accomplice in club-hopping during the festive month of December has suddenly gone into reverend sister mode.
Speaker B's response, I find even more amusing. "Wait, you mean it's January and you're not fasting?"
I've been mulling over it because I can see that a lot of Christians are fasting right now. Every church and daily devotional has their own fasting program for the month of January, for some it's 21 days, for most it 40days and I'm really hoping Redeemed pipu aren't doing their usual 100 days fasting this year (not like they complain, I'm the one who sometimes just feel sorry for them, 100 days of fasting, did you kill Jesus??? Forgive me oh but that's what I think when I hear it).
Oh well, I guess there's a reason for everything, but is there really? Am I to believe that those fasting are destined to have a better 2016 than those who have chosen to live their lives like they do every other day or month of the year, or who just stick to their normal daily prayers? Is there any particular guarantee or blessings that come with this January fast or is it something many people do because Papa declared fasting for the church?
I think it's a personal thing though, not something to be imposed on others. But what do you think the idea behind devoting January to fasting and prayer is? Is it a necessity or a fad you're unwilling to participate in? I would really love to know if you've had some supernatural experience as a result of a January fast you partook in, maybe it's not too late for me to start...
And btw I'm asking only because I'm genuinely curious, thank you...