Secret Fasting (14 August 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

When you go without eating, don’t try to look gloomy as those show-offs do when they go without eating. I can assure you that they already have their reward. Instead, comb your hair and wash your face. Then others won’t know that you are going without eating. But your Father sees what is done in private, and he will reward you.

(Matthew 6.16-18)

Reflect: 

A strict Pharisee would fast twice a week and he would make sure that others knew about it! They would look gloomy and even apply ash or some other substance to mark their face so that others would know they were fasting. There are no biblical laws that command fasting (abstaining from our usual foods or drinks for a limited time) however it is a practice that Jesus expects us to continue today.

Respond: 

Consider a time of fasting this week – from food or perhaps from technology, or even from people so that we can be with God in solitude.

Midday Meditation:

‘Fasting is a wonderful way to humble ourselves because it reminds us of our dependence upon God.’

(Dallas Willard)

Evening Reflection:

I remember to think about the many things you did in years gone by.
Then I lift my hands in prayer, because my soul is a desert, thirsty for water from you.

Please hurry, Lord, and answer my prayer.
I feel hopeless. Don’t turn away and leave me here to die.
Each morning let me learn more about your love because I trust you.
I come to you in prayer, asking for your guidance.

(From Psalm 143)

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