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Fasting: A Practical Guide

    Posted Mar 24th, 2018  

    “When you practice fasting to better connect with God, don’t make a production out of it. That might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you practice this spiritual discipline, act normal outwardly... God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. Be authentic—God won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.” Matthew 6:16-18 (Paraphrased)

    Fasting: A Practical Guide

    David A. Thomas, Ph.D.
    Northwest University


    Although fasting—especially extended fasting—appears to have fallen on hard times among many modern-day Christians (at least Christians in developed countries), the simple truth is that Scripture teaches us that it is one of the basic disciplines that Christians are to practice. Along with prayer and almsgiving, Jesus elevated fasting to the place of a spiritual fundamental when He said,
    “When you fast...” (Matt 6:16). Jesus furthermore remarked concerning His disciples that “when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast” (Matt 9:15). Until Jesus returns, fasting is not merely one of Jesus’ teachings, but one of His assumptions regarding our spiritual life.

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