The Purpose of Fasting, Part 2

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Matthew 9:14-17:One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, ‘Why don’t your disciples fast like we do and the Pharisees do?’ Jesus replied, ‘Do wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. But someday the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.'” (NLT)

Fasting, just like any other spiritual practice, if not, perhaps, more so, can become a practice for the sake of itself. If one is not careful, it can become the end means. But just like all other spiritual practices, there is a specific purpose for fasting; a specific reason for why, it should be practiced in the first place. And the only question I have now is what is that reason? What is the point of fasting? Why should it be done?

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