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Fasting For Him

Updated on January 16, 2015

“And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his flesh, and FASTED, and lay in sackcloth and went softly”

A synonym of connection is fastening. To fasten is defined as to attach firmly or securely. Etymologically, fasten came from the Old Norse word “fastna” which means “to pledge” or “to betroth”. Similarly, fast came from the Old English word “faest” which means “firmly fixed”. Hence, abstaining from food with prayer and meditation can safely anchor our brittle human lives to Jesus. By allowing ourselves to feel an external void, we are creating more room for purer energy. This Light paves way for a more meaningful view which makes our human plights pale in comparison.

In Kings I, Ahab fasted and prayed as a sign of humbling himself before the Lord. He went around meekly asking for forgiveness. When the Lord saw this, He spared Ahab of doom. With sacrifice comes grace. When fasting, it is then important to sincerely pray for compassion. To make the process worth it, we should be reminded of the essence of fasting. “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily, I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face” (Mt 6:16-17).

FIRMLY FIXED

Humbly, before You…

I pray for grace

Many times, from Your words I flew

I feel unworthy for that dear place


Though with Your light

I am rescued from plight

My restless soul

Seeks Your control


Be my Redeemer,

To You I cling

Make my heart sing

My all-powerful- Blesser.

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