Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 4, 2017

Fasting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:55 am

Matthew 6:16 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV)

 Fasting is a spiritual practice.  It is a time between the one fasting and God.  It is to separate us from whatever we are fasting from in order to concentrate more on God.  There are many types of fasting.  It is not always food.  We can fast from an activity and replace the time on that activity with more Bible study or prayer.  When we fast from food there are many ways of doing this.  It can be for a particular meal or all day or several days.  It can include all food or certain types of food.  However we fast it must be to use that time to put our mind and hearts more attune to God.  It is not something to boast about.  It is a private time encouraging discipline, humility and a desire to draw closer to God.  The most important word in this verse is “When.”  It doesn’t say “If.”  Fasting should be a part of our meditation with God at whatever interval He leads us.  When we find ourselves going through a dry period it is a good indication that we need a time of fasting.  We must be sure that we replace whatever we are giving up with worship, praise, Bible study prayer and/or meditation.

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