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)
Thanks to those who shared verses of encouragement on prayer yesterday! We are halfway through our journey and the comments we have received so far have made this a very rich experience.
Today we switch our focus to Fasting, and Libby has a question from Serena. Remember, Libby is not expected to be an expert. Rather, Libby simply shares from personal and practical experiences. So, please feel free to chime in even if you have questions yourself. Also, even if you don’t have the time to share, think about how you have addressed the challenge in your life or how you would address it in the life of a loved one.
Please review the Bible passage above and Serena’s challenge below and share your thoughts.
I have very little experience with fasting. I hear so many views on this subject that sometimes the topic gets murky. The one thing I have heard with consistency is that health considerations should be taken into account before attempting a food fast. However, beyond that consistent message I hear a lot of theoretical debates. I have decided that I want to go beyond the debates and see what I can learn from the practical experiences of other believers. So, I am specifically looking for feedback on how fasting has helped you or other believers you know.
Anxious to learn,
What thoughts would you like to share with Serena?