Fasting: Love God and Resist the world weekly

Matthew 6:16-18

“When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, 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 others 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.”

Fasting is the willing abstinence from food, certain drinks, or practices for a particular period of time. It is one of the underrated and underutilized spiritual formation habits available to Christians. For hundreds of years Christians have fasted as a core habit in their discipleship. We live in a culture not only of food, but of excess, luxury, and addiction. If we are to resist the world and our own flesh, as it constantly tempts us away from God’s will for our lives, then fasting is a key habit that we must cultivate.

Suggested Habits

  • One day a week fast from food and all liquids except water (do this under advisement from your doctor if you have particular health concerns).
  • Fast from all tv and social media for a 24 hour period each week.
  • Spend time in silence and solitude.