a call to die – day 32: fasting

“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 see what is done in secret, will reward you.”  — Matthew 6:16-18

I can very much agree with the following paragraph that Nasser introduces day 32 with:

“Each of us are experts on fasting.  Maybe not physical fasting, but we definitely apply the concept of fasting in our daily lives.  When you have a big exam in school or a major project at work, you do whatever it takes to concentrate on learning the material and getting the job done.  You miss (or fast from) your favorite television program, you tell your friends you can’t talk on the phone, you go to bed late and get up early, and you may even miss a meal to be sure you accomplish what you need to do.  You concentrate on your academics and work.  Fasting is a spiritual concentration.  In this case, you are concentrating your mind, soul, and body to know God and to know his will.”

As a student, I have certainly been there – giving up time and activities I would normally do to either study for an exam or prepare a project.  It’s not easy, especially when I really want to watch that TV show.  But, I know that if I watch instead of study, I take a chance of failing my exam. 

Fasting, it’s a practice that was around before Jesus (remember Daniel’s fast).  A spiritual practice that is used to seek an answer from God and/or to devote time entirely to being with God (praying, reading the scriptures, seeking His Face).

Jesus said when you fast . . . not if you fast . . . not to tell anyone you’re fasting and to make sure you look like you’re not fasting.  Sure, there are times when others will know you’re fasting, such as a corporate fast or fasting for a specific reason, but normally fasting is between you and God. 

There are several ways to fast:

  • Fast from a particularly meal or certain food item
  • Fast entirely from food {make sure to drink water} from sundown to sundown
  • There’s the Daniel Fast (eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water)
  • Fasting from watching TV, being on Facebook or the internet, from books, etc.

If you’re not already doing so during Lent, as we approach Holy Week, pray about if God is leading you to fast this week.  {And if it means not reading this blog, the articles will be here after Easter if you want to read them then.}

So, until tomorrow, pray about fasting and think about what, you want God to speak to you about during this time.

Also, review Psalm 116:1-2, Psalm 86:11-12, and Psalm 91:1-3. 

Follow 2 Serve – Love, {Lorna}

Note:  If you’re going to fast from food, please check with your doctor first. 

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About Follow 2 Serve {Lorna}

I am a follower of Christ and I love to serve Him. I am married with two sons. I received my Liberal Arts Associate Degree in May of 2012. My hobbies are reading, crocheting, quilting, knitting, nature photography, and being with my sons.
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2 Responses to a call to die – day 32: fasting

  1. Dianne says:

    I think fasting , should be between God and myself.

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