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The Purpose of Fasting (Part 2)

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Our fasting devotional today is part 2 of a new series titled "THE PURPOSE OF FASTING" from Richard J. Foster in his book "Celebration of Discipline".

Fasting must forever center on God. It must be God-initiated and God-ordained. Like the prophetess Anna, we need to be "worshiping with fasting." Every other purpose must be subservient to God. Like that apostolic band at Antioch, "fasting" and "worshiping the Lord" must be said in the same breath. Charles Spurgeon writes, "Our seasons of fasting and prayer at the Tabernacle have been high days indeed; never has Heaven's gate stood wider; never have our hearts been nearer to the central Glory."

God questioned the people n Zechariah's day in Zechariah 7:5, "When ye fasted...did ye at all fast unto me, even to me?" If our fasting is not unto God, we have failed. Physical benefits, success in prayer, the enduing with power, spiritual insights --- these must never replace God as the center of our fasting. John Wesley declares, "First, let it [fasting] be done unto the Lord with our eye singly fixed on Him. Let our intention herein be this, and this alone, to glorify our Father which is in heaven...." That is the only way we will be saved from loving the blessing more than the Blesser.
 

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