Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 03:20
¶ “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”
Aging Christ tells us not to do things to be seen by men. If you have to be seen by men and blessed by men you will end up serving men not God, and that goes against everything Christ has had to say to us such as “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
It truly comes down to whom will you serve, God or man?
Fasting to not eat but instead be in prayer, fasting now days is something most people do for health reasons not spiritual reasons. Prayer and fasting go hand and hand it is a giving up of self and spending time with the Lord
Matthew 17:21 “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”
Psalms 35:13 "I humbled my soul with fasting, and my prayer kept returning to my bosom."
Daniel 9:3 "I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes."
A humbled soul with prayer and fasting before God is a mighty soul for God!