Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. (Matthew 4:1-2)
16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18)
Having considered Prayer over the last two days a related discipline for us to consider is Fasting. There has always been considerable debate in Christendom about fasting. Our task in this journey is not to engage in the debate but to point to what Jesus did. This is consistent with our theme this year: Be like Jesus. For further information on fasting you can check out the information on our website: www.40daysofdiscipline.com, (click on the Disciplines tab).
Please read the passages above and answer the questions below.
- If you fast, what usually causes you to practice this discipline?
- What struck you the most about how Jesus said fasting should be performed?