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God Rewards Those Who Fast

Jesus said, "When you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth, they have their reward. When you fast put oil on your head and wash your face so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."  - Matthew 6:16-18


I Have Food of Which You Do Not Know

By Steven C. Habisohn, e5 Founder

As we fast for the ones we love we should be able to say as Jesus did to his disciples when they were encouraging him to eat,

"I have food to eat which you do not know." he continued, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me" (John 4:32 & 34, NAB)

Although his disciples where offering him food, he found his joy in doing the healing work of His Father instead of the joy that food brings. Jesus shows us that the joy of love should be greater than the joy of eating. Fasting for the sake of another therefore is a witness to this truth.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus shows us a similar thing. When in accepting to be the mother of Jesus she says,

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38, NAB)

She too found her greatest joy in doing the will of the Father, even if it meant scandal.

As we fast for our brides, we should remember that our greatest joy is to be obedient to the will of God regardless of the consequences, whether that is hunger, scandal or even a torturous death. As we fast, we often find it difficult not only physically but emotionally and perhaps spiritually as well. Experiencing the difficulties of fasting for the sake of another becomes an opportunity to prick our consciences and find out what our greatest joys really are.