Teach Us to Pray, Part 7

Fasting and Prayer
July 11, 2021 | By Tyler Carroll

Some moments are so spiritually significant that they require a bodily significant response. When we find ourselves in such a moment, fasting allows us to respond to God with our whole being.


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Matthew 6:16-18
“When you fast, don’t be gloomy like the play-actors. They make their faces quite unrecognizable, so that everyone can see they’re fasting. I’m telling you the truth: they have received their reward in full. No: when you fast, tidy your hair and beard the way you normally do, and wash your face, so that others won’t notice you’re fasting—except your father, privately. Then your father, who sees in private, will repay you.”

Disembodied Spirituality

Genesis 1:27
“And God created the human in his image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them.”

Genesis 2:7
“Then the Lord God formed the man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and that man became a living creature.”

Results Fasting

Some moments are so spiritually significant that they require a bodily significant response.

Exodus 34:27–28
“And the Lord said to Moses, “Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” So he [Moses] was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”

John 4:34
“My food,” replies Jesus, “is to do the will of the one who sent me, and to finish his work!”

1 Samuel 7:5-6
“Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel at Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you.” So they gathered at Mizpah and drew water and poured it out before the Lord and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the Lord.”

Ezra 10:6
“Then Ezra withdrew from before the house of God and went to the chamber of Jehohanna the son of Eliashib, where he spent the night, neither eating bread nor drinking water, for he was mourning over the faithlessness of the exiles.”

Acts 13:2-3
“As they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the holy spirit said, “Set apart Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So they fasted and prayed; and then they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”

Galatians 5:16-17
Let me say this to you: live by the spirit, and you won’t do what the flesh wants you to. For the flesh wants to go against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh. They are opposed to each other, so that you can’t do what you want…