Tan: Praying and fasting (Part 3)

Straight from my heart

Matthew 6:5-18)

Undergo the process of making a resolution and a commitment (verses 14-15)

· To be forgiven means being equipped to become a forgiver.

· Discover then make a commitment to know God by practicing the spiritual discipline and delight of fasting. (verses 16-18)

“When you fast” is a strong endorsement that fasting is not wrong, in fact it helps give more time with Abba and enjoy his Presence.

· Discern that the delight of Fasting is the commitment to secrecy rather than the presentation of spiritual pomp.

· Depend on God to form in you a strong determination to stay simple and unnoticed and in silence learn the delight of a regular practice of solitude (to be alone with God).

· Desire God in a Holy Encounter through fasting.

The issue of fasting is not only a spiritual one, wisdom tells us to also consider some practical issues like your current health conditions. It’s not hypocritical to ask your doctor to help guide you on this practice without compromising your physical conditions. We also need a human spiritual director who will guide us and hold us accountable, especially when our ego inflates and our air shows up. Pray for a friend to walk with you through this spiritual exercise.

Be reminded that fasting has its own spiritual benefits but it does not make us superior over others who don’t fast. The real test of fasting is not in the days or time you fasted but in conquering the urge to announce that you are fasting. Like prayer, fasting as a group is not wrong, it’s wrong when it brings you pride.

Concluding thoughts

We have a full plate of radical reflections already. It’s timely just to end with some relevant key words that will guide our praying and fasting:

· Secrecy

· Sincerity

· Simplicity

· Soltitude

· Surrender

Explore and enjoy a whole new world of a spiritual adventure of knowing ABBA through the delight and discipline of prayer and fasting. Amen.


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