God speaks clearly about what matters to Him.
Fasting is a temporary ‘doing without’ something. We usually think of food, but it can be media, sex, internet, etc. While fasting is a common religious practice in most religions throughout history, God gives us reasons to consider doing it.
Fasting is tied to the idea that I will do without out in order to share what I have with those who lack. I will fast a meal because I gave it away to someone who was hungrier. I will give up some of my comforts so others can be provided for. I will fast and pray so that I can understand how to help someone else who is being oppressed, unfairly treated or enslaved.
When we catch this idea of fasting, we capture God’s desire. He wants us to stop with all of our critical talk and judgment. Less talk and more acting in kindness… Then, God’s ways, justice and presence will be evident. It’s not longer prayer meetings, louder diatribes or greater protests that win God’s heart. God is looking for us to lay down our lives for others. That’s something to pray about…