I liked this comment made by Selwyn in today’s study: “Without a spiritual purpose, fasting will achieve nothing more than a loss of weight.”
He then lists the main reasons for fasting: ” … to add weight to our prayer life; … to discover God’s guidance (not guaranteed, but it certainly seems to make us more receptive) ; … to deepen the expression of an act of repentance.”
Fasting is not something that can be used as an aid to draw God’s attention to our attempts to look ‘good’, in the sense that we are attempting to makes ourselves appear ‘worthy’ for His help.
The prayer for today is well worth out time: “Lord Jesus, tender and skillful invader of my soul, You keep bringing me back to reality. By your Holy Spirit and through Your Word – You teach me Your way. Now please help me walk in it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”