THE PURPOSE OF FASTING

Matthew 6:16-18

Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free. And that you break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

The point of fasting is to submit ourselves to God in such a way that we personally sacrifice something to Him. It is not a matter of working to gain His attention. It is, instead, a proclamation of love and dedication to Him, our Savior and Lord. Done with the proper attitude, fasting is a sure means of drawing closer to the Lord.

There are different ways to fast. Those who struggle with certain physical problems may not be able to give up food intake. Therefore, traditional fasting could prove difficult. However, there are other ways a person can fast: giving of time, money, or some other personal item could be considered a type of fast.

The benefits of fasting include a purified mind, heart, and body. Jesus fasted and prayed, but away from the eyes of  His followers. God wants fasting to remain a personal commitment between you and the Lord.

Not every time you fast will there be a need for self-examination. Yet God often uses fasting to teach you how to submit the entirety of your life to Him. Through fasting, He may direct you to ask for His wisdom concerning a certain situation.

How serious are you in your spiritual walk? Times of fasting reveal this and lead you to pray, ‘Try me…and see if there be hurtful way in me” (Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB).

Lord, try me and see if there is any hurtful way in me.

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