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. 17 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
Many people outside of the Christian world understand fasting as it relates to losing weight. It certainly does have that aspect to it, but fasting for spiritual reasons is rarely taught in the pulpits and probably practiced less in the pews (except for losing weight).
Fasting for spiritual purposes is intentional. Doing without food for a period of time helps you focus on more important things, such as God, prayer, and the Word of God.
God does bless those who fast, especially when we do it for the right reasons.
- Perhaps you’re seeking an answer to a specific conundrum you’re experienced: fast and pray.
- Perhaps you want to “grab the hem of His garment” and plead someone else’s case: fast and pray.
God will bless you when you continue to reach out to him.
God wants to draw close to you whether you’re fasting or not. James 4:8