16 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6, part of the sermon on the mount, seems to be about a Christian’s walk & relationship with God the Father. Jesus has expressed that it is very important to make your devotion about God real & not performing a stage act, like a professional actor. He began the Biblical topic of fasting & told us to make it look like to others, we are perfectly okay & not make it look like we are starving to death. The word fast appears in the Holy BIble 112, but it has a few different meanings. But the word fast here is not about being quick, it is about restraining oneself from eating, but a person can refrain themselves from anything like tv, video games or social media. Fasting is usually done when a person needs direction from God, & they do without food & go into deep prayer & want God to reveal to him or her. One of my favorite Biblical examples is when Queen Esther was concerned for her Hebrew people & the plot to have them all killed. So she sent a message to ask all her kinsmen to fast so that God would help her save her ruled over & loved.
Esther 4:15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go into the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
The main lesson Jesus is teaching here in Matthew 6:16-18, when you fast, don’t look like to the world you are suffering & telling others you are hungry as hell. Make your appearance seem normal, your fasting is between you & God & no one really needs to know. Wash your head & put on a fresh face. If you are sincere & want the Lord’s direction He will give it, but not to the public world. His answer will come to you, in your heart & mind. Most times God’s greatest blessings are just between you & Him in secret, of course others will see it. Rather in fasting or enjoying a daily meal, always reflect God’s glory in your life. God bless you all, the Lord loves you & so do I. Sam H.
Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” 23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.