The Truth About Fasting

Posted by Karah

Read Matthew 6:16-18.

“We tend to think of fasting as going without food. But we can fast from anything. If we love music and decide to miss a concert in order to spend time with God, that is fasting . . . There’s nothing magical about fasting. It’s just one way of telling God that your priority at that moment is to be alone with Him, sorting out whatever is necessary, and you have cancelled the meal, party, concert, or whatever else you had planned to do in order to fulfill that priority.” —J. I. Packer

What things in your life get between you and God?

What things in your life might you need to set aside for awhile in order to focus on God and His will?

Just the Facts

A few notes from today’s Scripture passage:

Like prayer and giving, fasting isn’t to be done as a way to garner attention or show how righteous you are. If it is, that worldly honor is the only reward you will get.

When fasting, followers of Christ shouldn’t make a big show of it. In verse 18, Jesus’ instructed believers not to give any outward indication that they were fasting. They were to go about life as they would normally without making a big deal of their fast.


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