18 Mar Do we Fast and Pray
A spiritual fast involves abstaining from food while focusing on prayer. This can mean refraining from snacks between meals, skipping one or two meals a day, abstaining from certain foods only or a total fast from all types of foods, for an entire day or longer as allowed by a doctor.
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel to observe several set times of fasting. In the New Testament for believers in Christ, fasting is not required explicitly, but many
The acceptable fast is discussed in the book of Isaiah 58:6-7. In this chapter, the nation of Israel is rebuked for their fasting; they are given this exhortation –
”Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
This passage indicates that the fast acceptable before God is not merely abstinence from food or water. But a decision to fully obey God’s commands to care for the poor and oppressed. Also
Why should we fast?
- Jesus our Role Model– Mathew 4:1-11.
- Cornelius fasted to find God’s will – Acts 13:1-5.
- Paul fasted for his spiritual life – Acts 9:9.
- Ahab fasted & humbled himself before God -1st King 21:27-29.
- Esther fasted for and on behalf of her people – Esther 4:13-16.
- Nehemiah fasted for the broken walls of Jerusalem – Nehemiah 1:4
Conclusion: E.M. Bounds said, “There is no death for prayer. Because of
We must fast for our own spiritual lives, to find God’s will, to remain holy in the lustful world, and also for the salvation of those around us.
K. Vamsi Praveen Chand, works as National property cell staff I/C in UESI. He lives with his wife Supriya in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.