Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off (Acts 13:1-3).
In just shy of a month the Season of Lent will begin, and I wanted to invite you to plan ahead. Your posture toward Lent may be enthusiastic, indifferent, or suspicious. But regardless, we can all agree that it’s appropriate to enter periods of self-examination and repentance, and even (though it’s tough for the majority fo us Americans) to accompany such seasons with fasting of some sort.