A few days ago, I mentioned fasting as a great discipline to introduce to your college students. And while there are lots of ways to do that, I’ve picked one powerful one as this week’s Fridea:
Call a college ministry-wide fast in preparation for the upcoming school year.
I recognize this is a bit tricky if lots of (or all of) your students are away for the summer. But Facebook Events can work wonders! And it’s a pretty neat way to participate in community, even separated by thousands of miles.
And for your collegians who are now local, this could be an amazing time of preparation for either your ministry (if they’ll stay local in the fall) or their own next-school-year.
The first exposure to fasting I remember was in the youth group, where our youth ministers began an annual 40-day fast before Youth Camp. Not nearly all of us – and very few (if any) of the students – chose to fast from food. But many of us fasted from something for those 40 days.
I remember that first time we did it – and I remember seeing God prepare me for what He wanted to do, entering Camp with a strong sense of expectancy, AND seeing God move in some really exciting ways that week.
Those are three of the potential benefits of a “anticipatory fast”
- opening ourselves to God’s preparation
- entering a new season or event with expectancy
- and then – as God sees fit – watching Him respond in cool ways to the fervency of His people
If it fits your group right now and fits your purposes, I’d encourage you to consider calling your students to a fast! It could prepare everybody for an astounding fall – or at the very least, start the school year in a very special – and anticipatory – way.
And don’t forget – I listed a few resources for learnin’ about fasting on the post earlier this week. I’d love to hear thoughts on others, too!