Matt. 6:16-18 - “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. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 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.”
Matt. 17:21 - ”But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
Gal. 5:22-23 - ”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.“
• Were you surprised that Jesus in Matthew 6 assumes that His followers would fast on a regular basis?
• What are things that a Christian might fast from?
Food (all food, or certain foods like dessert)
Drink (You should always drink water when you fast. Drinks you might fast from include coffee, tea, juice, soda, or other non-water drinks.)
Youtube (or another internet site)
• What are some of the benefits of fasting? Why is it helpful to exercise the fruit of the Spirit of “Self-control?”
• What are the benefits to your prayer life specifically when you fast? What are some examples in the Bible where fasting and prayer are linked together? Here are just a few examples:
“Without a purpose and plan, it’s not Christian fasting; it’s just going hungry.” - John Piper
Helpful tips on fasting: https://goo.gl/4PF4sq
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