But among the worldâs various religions, the concept of fasting is as established as prayer and worship. It is an exercise of devotion and faith that, in some cases, includes goals of heightened clarity and increasing closeness to a higher power.
Most "Bible Study" groups I have attended are mislabeled. A "Bible Study" where everyone sits around a circle and the leader goes around the circle and asks, "What does this passage mean to you," is not a Bible study. It is an exercise in devotional reading. That may be adequate for a certain context, as long as people understand what they are doing, and know the difference between devotional reading and Bible study. Shared insights and shared faith journeys are a valuable source of encouragement to a community. But there should be no illusions in such contexts that "study," or exegetical reading of Scripture, has taken place.