What is a fast? Who is it for? You or God?

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When we fast how does it help God? Fasting is a gift to us. I was praying for myself, for healing for inflammation in my joints, for my Blood pressure and Cholesterol to become normal and just my health in general so I would have to endurance and strength to do things that my family needs for me to do, including helping out with my rambunctious three-year-old twin grandsons!

While I was praying, the Lord brought to mind some things I needed to remember and things I needed to do.

That’s when I started a lifestyle of fasting, I have received the healing I asked for in my joints and when I had my yearly physical this past week, for the first time in my adult life every single reading was totally normal… blood pressure and cholesterol included… so who benefitted from that fast God? Or me.

What kind of fast or afflicting your soul can you give to God? You can find His desire concerning that in

Isaiah 58:6-9  “This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
    to break the chains of injustice,
    get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
    free the oppressed,
    cancel debts.
What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
    sharing your food with the hungry,
    inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
    putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
    being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on,
    and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way.
    The God of glory will secure your passage.
Then when you pray, God will answer.
    You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’

During this time of devotion and following the steps of Christ to the cross, look around you… see that person at the grocery store that needs a hand getting something off a shelf, or someone that looks sad? Ask them how they are doing and offer to pray for them! I took time to do those things this week and it felt amazing!! 

Be the finger of God to those around you, this will please God and honor His Word. 

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