[CF Devotionals] 2009-03-10 - Fasting Revisited

As many of us celebrate Lent, we try to focus on our relationship with God. Fasting is one method that we at CF Devotionals recommend, as did our Lord. If you have any medical conditions or symptoms, please check with your doctor before fasting - even for just one meal. I personally am fasting, in my own way. I have not set rigid rules, for I don't want it to become a chore; I want to do it joyfully. And I'm not just "abstaining" from snacks etc., but in addition, I'm collecting the money I would have paid for each item, for a trustworthy hunger organizaton. In other words, if I skip one of my Diet Cokes ©, $.65 will go in my "anti-hunger fund," and on or after Easter, I will write a check for the total collected, and give it away. I would love to hear about your fasts. In this devotional, we will read some Biblical passages related to fasting.

(Acts 13:2 NNAS) While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."

(Acts 14:23 NNAS) When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

(Neh 9:1-2 NNAS) Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the sons of Israel assembled with fasting, in sackcloth and with dirt upon them. 2 The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

(Est 9:31 NNAS) To establish these days of Purim at their appointed times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established for them, and just as they had established for themselves and for their descendants with instructions for their times of fasting and their lamentations.

(Dan 9:3 NNAS) So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

(Mat 6:16-18 NNAS) (Jesus said) Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

(Mat 9:14-15 NNAS) Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 15 And Jesus said to them, "The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."

(Mat 17:18-21 NNAS) And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" 20 And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 "But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."


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