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Week 35 Day
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Matthew 6:16 “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.
Hey! It’s about Jesus. It’s not about coercing some kind of response, it’s not about your status within the community, it’s about being with Him completely, without the distractions that our normal life brings. It’s about coming to grips with sufficient silence to listen for the “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12) of Jesus as He whispers to our spirit.
There are all kinds of reasons to fast. For clarity, and spiritual breakthrough, for healing for yourself and others, for direction. All can happen according to the parameters expressed above. Fasting is private and personal even when it is called for in the context of community. We are to measure the “quality” of our fasting not based upon what others see, but upon what Jesus reveals to you.
True fasting motivates us toward obedience and conformation to the character of Jesus. Isaiah 58: “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the [c]heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are [d]cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.