3Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. (Isaiah 58:3 – 4)
There is a risk with all the Disciplines that we end up viewing them as brownie points earners so we can get what we want from God. We might be especially susceptible to this in the case of Fasting because we could be seduced into seeing this Discipline as a kind of magic wand to increase the odds of prayers being answered. Today’s passage provides a clear message on the Biblical mindset we should adopt with regards to fasting. We can forget about fasting if we aren’t committed to being who God wants us to be.
Please prayerfully reflect on the words of passage above.
Something to think about:
What is the attitude that God wants us to adopt when we practice Fasting?