‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your labourers (Isa 58:3).
One of the most powerful spiritual habits any believer can practice is fasting. However, it’s very possible for this to degenerate into some hypocritical farce. We can fast without gaining our Heavenly Father’s attention! This happens when our fasts have ulterior motives: when we’re selfish and heartless toward our fellow humans. Brethren, authentic fasting has God’s will and pleasure as its only motive. If we seek to impress God by fasting yet oppress our neighbour, we are automatically nullifying our efforts! Then out fasts are mere rituals, void of divine impact. That’s not your portion! (Pls read Isa 58, entire chapter).