Notice the words of Jesus, Matthew 6:16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.” Jesus says, “when you fast”, implying that the believer will fast at certain times in the Christian life. The following resources will hopefully help answer some questions you might have in regards to this topic.
Was It For Me That You Fasted?
When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?
A Theology of Fasting
As we consider what fasting is, we can see that as the Christian fasts with the right reason they are worshiping God.
Why is Fasting so Little Employed by True Christians?
Those meals you miss fasting will soon be forgotten but the blessing and the reward will remain forever. “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly”.
In Matthew 6:17 Jesus said "But WHEN you fast", notice how He did not say "IF" but "WHEN" which implies that His people will fast.
Are You Fasting for Christ?
Are you fasting for Christ or for the approval of man like the Pharisees?
- Acts 14:23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
- Matthew 6:16 And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.