But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. – Matthew 6:18
In today’s teaching, Marc talks about fasting, the third pillar of Jesus’ faith. He explains that fasting is ultimately about repentance. The entire purpose of fasting is simply to humble yourself and demonstrate to God that you are serious about changing your ways.
Secondly, Marc shows us how God calls the people to fast, because repentance and fasting in the Bible is not an individualistic activity. Rather, whenever we read about these ideas about fasting and repentance, it was about the community coming together. Then, by their change of behavior, they’re calling upon God to act redemptively on their behalf.
Question: What would you like to see changed in you through prayer and fasting? What do you need to repent from?
Family Chat: Is there an area in your life that you need to repent from? Maybe God has been talking to you about this your heart, but you haven’t done it yet.
Take Action: Choose one day to fast with your accountability partner, your family, or your life group. On that day, a day of repentance, identify and pray together through those behaviors in your life that need to change, those things that are creating a barrier between God and you.