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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Matthew 4:1-4

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

When, how, and for how long should one fast? These things are not specifically defined in the Bible but are themselves a matter of prayer before God.

The classic example of fasting is when Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights shortly after He was baptized, in preparation for His public ministry. Even in this case, we do not know the details, only that it lasted forty days and nights.

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Q. How did Jesus say we should conduct ourselves when we fast?

Answer below.



"Some glances of real beauty may be seen in the faces of those who dwell in true meekness."

- Henry David Thoreau


A tenant complained to his landlord, "The people in the apartment upstairs sure are annoying. Why, last night they stomped and pounded on the floor until midnight."

"Did they wake you?" the landlord asked.

"No," the tenant explained, "Fortunately I was up playing my tuba."



Q. How did Jesus say we should conduct ourselves when we fast?

A. act as if you were not fasting

"Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."

Matthew 6:16-18

The important thing here is the intent of the heart. If a person fasts to appear holy or spiritual to other people then they are doing it for the wrong reason. Our fasting should be something of which God will take notice, not other people.

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