I have been thinking a lot on fasting the last week. It’s not a popular practice.
Isaiah 58 speaks of people becoming irritable when fasting, and I can relate to that.
But that is not God’s intent. Isaiah 58 goes on to give us a better idea of what fasting is supposed to look like.
Fasting is meant to deepen our relationship with the Lord. There is something about purposely going without a need that magnifies our dependency on Him. It reminds us of our mortality.
Regular fasting, when done with the proper motives, removes the clutter and noise of the world, clears our mind and softens our hearts toward others. It allows extra room for God to work in us and build a new heart in us. A new heart that cares about the things He cares about.
Fasting isn’t about getting what we want, or sounding desperate enough that God will give in.
Fasting is about changing our heart, not God’s mind.
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This is not a polished post. Just thoughts I’m mulling over and all I can do for now.
What are your thoughts on fasting? Do you practice it regularly? Have you experience freedom, joy, healing etc. due to fasting?
My pick post of the week falls right in line with these thoughts on fasting. It comes from Donna Stone, who encourages us to Realign with Him, Recenter on Him, and Rest in Him. Practicing these during fasting is what I think God would deem a glorifying fast. Read Her post “Dealing With Change 3R’s“.
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