Last January, we encouraged the students to join our annual Prayer and Fasting. In this year's prayer and fasting, we focused more on the very reason why we fast - to know more about God. It was a 5-day event of digging into the Word, Prayer and Fasting and Worship.
We all know that the Bible is where we find the Word of God. Hence, reading the Bible is actually letting God to communicate with us. There's no other way to know Him aside from reading His Word. Because our goal is to get closer to Him, we need to all the more read His Word. That is also what we want for students - to have a deeper relationship with God.
If God's Word is His way to communicate with us, prayer on the other hand is our way to communicate with Him. We can't deny the power of prayer. But if we want our prayers to be more powerful, we need to pray and fast.
Prayer and Fasting is most challenging among spiritual disciplines. It is neglecting the worldly desires and passion (including food) and soaking ourselves in God's presence. Prayer and Fasting is about God, not us. It is more than just asking God for breakthroughs and it's actually a perfect avenue to establish a stronger relationship with Him.
Worship is an expression of our adoration to God. It is an attitude of honoring Him because of His attributes. Sadly, it is the most neglected spiritual discipline. As Christians, worship should be part of our life. It's a discipline we all need to learn. We don't have to be a good singer or musician to express our adoration to God. We are to constantly honor Him because He is all worthy. PERIOD.