Prayer and Fasting

Nehemiah 1:4

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Fasting is an act that the modern church does not participate in much.  Some people hold to the concept strongly while it is not even taught in other churches.

Jesus chastised the Pharisees for their fasting because it was all done for show.  They wanted people to think that they were extra religious and went out of their way to make people know that they were fasting.

Fasting shouldn’t be viewed as something magical to get God’s attention.  There are many people with health problems who shouldn’t even engage in fasting because it could cause serious complications.

Fasting should be viewed as giving up something to make more time for God.  In our busy world, people often complain that they don’t have time to read their Bibles or pray.  This is where fasting can play a role.

A person doesn’t need to give up food but can instead give up TV or something else in order to make time for God.  There is nothing significant about giving up food; rather it is a matter of sacrificing something to devote more time to prayer.

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