17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Scripture Reflection: Matthew 6:14-18 Fasting
16"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
Fasting like loving and giving and prayer has everything to do with who we are aiming at and who we want to get the attention of. The focus is God our Father. The example is God our Father…the point is God our Father. So being discreet does not miss the point, it enhances the point. Fasting, in the time of Christ, many times was done as a part of the ritual of grieving sometimes over sin, sometimes over loss. God wants not just ritual, but more importantly he wants reality in our lives.
17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Lord Jesus you are teaching me that fasting just like prayer and giving is a spiritual process intended for the Father’s attention. The point of fasting is to focus my spirit on the point that you are aiming me toward. It is to create the conditions where change can occur.
Lord Jesus work in my heart and life as you see fit.