Two guys in a restaurant that caters to people who are fasting.
A restaurant table, six dishes (empty), two glasses (water), two pieces of paper acting as menus, a bread basket, a paper that acts as the bill.
Jack – the faster
John – the friend
Waitress – friendly, fast service
Make sure the service is fast. The Waitress can just step off center stage a bit then grab whatever she needs. You may want Jack to look over the “food” when it arrives and lick his chops, then set it aside. I wouldn’t have him mime eating off an empty plate. It will look too much like “acting” and the audience will think there they are to think that food was really there.
Fasting is not an easy subject. We’re telling people NOT to eat! When is that ever good? Jesus gave us directions as to how to fast.
Matthew 6:16-18 "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Fasting occurred at moments of desperation and great need. In Acts, the church leaders wanted to make the best and wisest decisions. They fasted and prayed.
Acts 13:1-3 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with 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."3So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
Esther, hurting for her people that were about to be exterminated, called for a nationwide fast (Esther 4:15-16). God saw their seriousness and answered their prayer.
Fasting isn’t easy, but neither is facing those decisions that drive us to fasting.