The Purpose of Fasting, Part 5


Exodus 34:27-28 “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write down all these instructions, for they represent the terms of the covenant I am making with you and with Israel.’ Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments—on the stone tablets” (NLT).

I am noticing in scripture not necessarily why one should fast but when, and through that I’m learning why people fasted—the situations surrounding their fasting. For example, Moses fasted for 40 days and nights immediately prior to receiving the ten commandments from God (Ex. 34:27-28) and Jesus fasted 40 days immediately prior to beginning his earthly ministry. These provide clues as to the purpose of fasting. But they also lead me to another question—what kind of affect does fasting have one us and, more specifically and importantly, on our spirituality?


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