Posted: January 05, 2017
In Matthew 6, Jesus taught about prayer and fasting one right after the other, implying that both are essential!
Notice that he says, WHEN you fast, and not IF you fast. The language he uses implies that fasting should be a regular part of our devotional life and not something we should just think about doing every once in a while, only if you feel like it.
Just as we should pray regularly to maintain closeness and communication with the Father, we should fast regularly to continually acknowledge our need for him and to draw us closer as we rely on him.
In the book God’s Chosen Fast, author Arthur Wallis writes, “Neither did Jesus say if you as though fasting were something the disciples might or might not be led to do…He stated unambiguously and without qualification, ‘When you fast…’ He left us in no doubt that He took it for granted that His disciples would be obeying the leading of the Spirit in this matter of fasting.”
“When you fast…your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
- Matthew 6:17-18
Lord, thank you that your Word is clear about what we should be doing. Help us to have the discipline to fast regularly as part of our devotional life. In Jesus’ name, amen.