When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.  Matt. 6:16-18

Fasting. Done any lately? Contrary to what a pastors wife once told my oldest daughter, there are many varieties of fasts, not just food and drink.

First, let’s note that Jesus says “when” you fast not “if” you fast. Fasting is a great way to develop spiritual discipline. The idea in fasting, whether food or television, is in what you give up, use that time to draw closer to God.

Give up T.V. for a night a week, and spend it in prayer or bible study. Give up golf one Saturday a month and serve in the soup kitchen. Leave work at work on Sundays and worship God with your family. God gives us so many opportunities and we squander enough.

Remember, it is not an advertisement of your righteousness. This is between you and your Father.

And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.



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