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FOOD for THOUGHT
Fasting is not measured by the quantity of what you give up as much as
it is about the quality of time the you spend God.
Fasting increases desire for intimacy with God. It also increases sensitivity to God's voice. Having a dedicated time of prayer and fasting is not a way of manipulating God into doing what you desire. Rather, it is simply dedicating yourself to focus and rely on God for the strength, provision, and wisdom you need.
By taking our eyes off the things of this world through prayer and biblical fasting, we can focus better on Christ. Matthew 6:16-18 declares, "When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men 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." It is in these seasons that our ability to hear and discern and walk even deeper in the power we find when we are completely dependent on God.
SCRIPTURES ON FASTING
Matthew 16:16-18, 1 Kings 21:9
Matthew 17:14-21, 2 Chronicles 20:3
Mark 2:19, Ezra 8:21
Mark 9:29, Esther 4:16
Acts 10:30, Daniel 9:3
Isaiah 58:6, Jeremiah 36:9