Fasting for Life

12 05 2007

“But this kind does not go out but by prayer and fasting.”
(Matthew 17:21)

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When we fast, we are intentionally relinquishing the first right given to the human family in the Garden—the right to eat. We say no to food because we are intent upon others receiving a far greater nourishment. We are committed to breaking every yoke and setting the captives free. Our fasting is a sign that nothing will stop us in our struggle in behalf of the broken and oppressed.

We are depriving ourselves for the sake of a greater good. Our fasting has weight with God and effect upon others…Our fasting is part of our wrestling with God. It is part of the birth pangs we endure in order to see new life come forth.

–Richard Foster
Prayer: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, p226

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4 responses

13 05 2007
rogueminister

Thats beautiful, thanks for sharing.

16 05 2007
pasturescott

Thank you for visiting and commenting, RM!

Blessings,

10 07 2007
Lou Accardi

Fasting is to be united with heart-felt prayer. Fasting should be a protracted time of intense prayer in pouring out the heart to God. It is not to be only outward postering, but an inward rending of the heart in repentance and brokeness. “Rend your heart and not your garments” is what God said in Joel. Some fasts have no weight with God (Read Isaiah 58). God is not impressed with fasting that neglects the weightier aspects of His Law, such as justice, mercy and humility (Micah 6:8). If we have no intention of doing these our fasts are fruitless.

11 07 2007
pasturescott

The Isaiah 58 text has been strong on the mind and heart of our fellowship of late. Thank you for the reminder, Lou. I pray for you the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious humility!

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