Fast (& Not So Easy)

I’m out of town at the moment, but I just couldn’t miss sharing a few words from the Bible about practicing the sacrament of the FAST.

“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.  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,18 so that it will not be obvious to others 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. – Matthew 6:16-18 NIV

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6 NIV

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. – Luke 4:1-2 NIV

Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. – 1 Corinthians 7:5 NIV

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 NIV

Did you catch, it? Fasting isn’t entirely about depriving oneself of food. The important thing is that you choose to give up /FAST from something in order to hear from God. When the craving comes (and it will) turn to God in prayer.

NOTE – Prayer is two-way street! Yes it is a time to pour our your heart to God BUT more importantly you must also listen for God’s direction.

29 comments

  1. Barb, such good reminders on what fasting is and why it is so important. It helps us to hear from God. In reading the post a few times, it hit me … we deprive ourselves from something in order to not be deprived of what we most need – Him.

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  2. Think that I shall take a fast
    from thinking ill of government.
    I know that this resolve won’t last
    but perhaps sincere intent
    will keep my bloody pressure down,
    and let me spend time with a grin,
    watching politician-clowns
    think that they can try to win
    my allegiance in word-salad
    (what on earth did he just say???),
    and I think my method’s valid
    in that I will not spend today
    spending my strength, truly all
    to not launch Smartphone at the wall

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  3. We should definitely learn how to deny our selves in pursuit of God.
    I have recently understood that God has made us to hunger and thirst, not only for the natural, but for the spiritual things.
    Loads of info in John 6
    Thank you, God bless you

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  4. Fasting was not something I was taught as a child, but as an adult I’ve learned that it’s a very practical spiritual discipline when God calls us to it. And yes, it can look different than just a fast from food. Thanks for this, Barb.

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  5. Thank you, Barb for the reminder that “fasting” isn’t just about food; at least the physical kind. Many Christians miss out on this beautiful discipline by making a rigid connection to food.

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  6. Thanks for the great reminder. My daughter’s preacher spoke on this the Sunday before Easter and encouraged us to fast something that week. To still have/do it at the beginning of the week, but doing it less as the week went on and then fasting it for Easter. I fasted social media and I still haven’t gotten up to where I was before Easter (which is great!).

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  7. Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful verse: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6 Oh that our efforts might follow His passion.

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