Day 2: What Did Jesus Say About Fasting – Dr. Jason Harrison

Matthew 6:16-18 English Standard Version

16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Fasting is often undertaken for reasons that are not always Biblical.  There should be no underlying thoughts of how this might benefit you as a diet, or how others may look and admire you during your time of fasting.  Biblical fasting should be a private event, that you have prayerfully undertaken, that ultimately glorifies and gives honor to God. 
Fasting is not an easy task.  It can also seem very unusual by those who do not understand Biblical sacrifice and genuine commitment to our Lord.  By simply denying yourself the indulgences of food for a short period of time, you are making a small sacrifice to God.  This small sacrifice should represent your desire to increase in discipleship with your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  While the physical act is small, how it represents the desires of your heart can be immense.
True Biblical fasting should lead us to a new closeness with our Heavenly Father.  During your time of fasting, ask God for discernment, seek His will, and pray fervently.  If we will simply spend ample time listening to God during our fast, we could walk away with a changed heart that is truly seeking Christ.  With this changed heart as our guide, our service to the  Lord should be more Christ like than ever.
God bless,
Dr. Harrison

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