Week 39 Fasting and Uplifting
July 8, 2013
Fasting and Uplifting
When you fast, do not look somber 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.
- Matthew 6: 16 – 18
Throughout history, the bible tells us of the things that the Lord’s servants have done in accordance to his word. There were a lot of moments when certain tasks was to be done with regard to the Lord’s plan. They were people who stood upright in his eyes. Even though the road ahead may not seem like the typical simple one, still they obeyed. They moved ahead and endured up to the day when it was all set to completion. Many years ago even before Jesus’ time, there were his prophets who carried out his message to the people. The Lord spoke to them about matters that concerned him with regard to them. They brought about what the Lord had in mind and it often were not so much simple. Struggles were not out of the scene in their lives and one such act were present in their ways as it sharpened up their perseverance. To not eat anything nor drink water was something that builds up one’s character. To be able to set aside cravings for hunger is an experience considerably noteworthy. Fasting or putting up one’s self in a state of not taking up nourishment has been acquainted for in one’s spiritual side.
The desire of the body is not like that of the spiritual. They aren’t the same and finding similarities on them would lead to dismay. It has been written and stated with regard to such matter. Your spiritual has its sight on things that brings upon glory to the Lord. It is an aspect in you which puts itself in the goodness of the Almighty. “God is good, all the time and all the time, God is good” as the old cliché goes. It is in such a passage as this that it looks upon sincerely. To be upright in his sight is what it looks forward for. Paul’s letter to the Galatians tells us of such a matter as this. He wrote; “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.” (Gal. 5: 16-18). That by which the flesh desires is in contrary with that of our spirit. These two aspect of our life as Paul stated is in conflict with each other and by keeping ourselves in the presence of the Lord’s goodness can we pursue those by which our Spirit leads us to. In the event of fasting, as we turn not to the desires of our flesh, we take our focus on what our spirit accounts for. This is the reason why the term ‘prayer and fasting’ holds true verily.
Jesus spoke about fasting as he instructed us how to go on with it. We ought not to be like the people of the past who look at themselves highly than others. In the time of fasting, we must not be like hypocrites. We must not fast in a way that they did. They wanted other people to know that they are fasting by making themselves solemn disfiguring their looks. The Lord intended it for us to fast in a manner acceptable to him. As we account for our spiritual rather than what our body desires, it will be much easier for us to go for what the Lord wants for us. We must not make it obvious for others but only to our Father in heaven, who is unseen. He knows full well our state and therefore seeing it done in secret, he will reward you for it.
Something to be remember about fasting is that in the event of doing it so, days before the set time, we must eat less and not much. We must not make it too much with what we eats. By monitoring what we eat in a manner little by little, we are preparing ourselves for what lies ahead. Our body would be ready and not be surprise for such an act. After we are done with our fast, it would be clear that we would want to eat more but a good advice would be to eat less still like before the event of the fast. Slowly as the days goes by, we would start to eat much again therefore making our bodies in a healthier state. God Bless You.