Matthew 6:16-18 – Teaching about Fasting

By on March 16, 2018

We read that John the Baptist taught his disciples to fast and Jesus Christ said his disciples would fast after his death (Mark 2:18-20).

Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted when they ordained Church elders (Acts 14:23).

Jesus Christ fasted 40 days and nights before facing Satan in an epic battle of spiritual will (Matthew 4:2).

Isaiah contrasts selfish fasting with godly fasting marked by care and concern for others (Isaiah 58:3-10).

What is fasting? Why do we fast?

Fasting can be a means to humble ourselves before God and seek his forgiveness, comfort, help, guidance, strength and will.

Fasting allows us to draw closer to God.

It can be a means of humbling ourselves before God, seeking God and his will and guidance in life.

It is a tool we may use to seek a closer relationship with his or her Creator and petition God for help, guidance and a humble heart that is yielded to his will.

Can we take one day a week during this Lent to fast and seek God’s will in our lives.

The Reverend Deacon Nina Page
Grace Church Milton.

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