Recently, there has been a nationwide call to fast and pray for our country. Many people, however, don’t know what it means to fast or how to fast. First of all, Scripture tells us not to be boastful about our fast:
16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men 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. – Matthew 6:16-18
Secondly, we must remember, that fasting alone cannot “fix” anything. Fasting is done in an effort to rid ourselves of worldly things. We are to fast from that which is distracting us and keeping us from God. When many people think of fasting, they automatically think “food” fast. For many of us, it may be unhealthly to fast from food for a day or especially three days.
So please remember that NO ONE is asking you to fast from food. We are calling out to everyone, however, to fast from that which separates you from God. And while you fast, we are asking that you pray. Remember also, that fasting should be done in conjunction with prayer. And prayer should be according to God’s Will:
14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 14:-15
As we enter the first 3 days of December, please reflect on the nationwide request to pray for our country. More information is available at: http://estherfast.net/
Through our commitment to God in the coming days, “May God Bless the USA!”