THE BLESSING OF THE FAST
"Is it not rather the fast that I choose, loose the bonds of wickedness, drop the charges of oppression, and let go free the broken and break every yoke? It is not that you share your bread with the hungry, and the wandering poor hostels at home; when you see the naked, you cover him, and not hide from your brother? “Isaiah 58:6-7
COMPLEMENTARY PASSAGE: MATTHEW 6:5-18
As we realize by reading the Gospel of St. Matthew 6:5-18, we find two principles taught by Jesus: pray and fast. It is interesting to see how as the Lord refers to these principles; "when to pray, when you fast", how big and deep secrets revealed that represent a supernatural to our life power, because they allow us to see things in a different way we would be impossible to reach. There is a power, without a doubt, ratified in many other passages of the Bible as in the case of Marcos 9:28, when he declares: "this genre with nothing can leave, but with prayer and fasting".
But what is this power? We can say is not fasting, but one who is our fast, i.e. to God. When we fast, we recognize our need for it and its power, not so much to give us what we want or need, but for something much more profound and transcendental as transform our life; when we fast, we allow that he can do things that otherwise anyone or we can do them. Remember that there are areas in our lives in which we have not victory, which we submit to slavery because we cannot separate us, except by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21).
These biblical principles that the Lord teaches us are to grow our spiritual life, to have victory over attitudes, behaviors and habits that we weaken, defeat us and make us lose our communion with God, as the wickedness, injustice, selfishness and lack of mercy. If we want to be truly free to love and to be merciful, we need the power that hides in the fast.
WE TALK WITH GOD
"Dear Father thank you for adding one day in our lives, we endless thank you for your Word-based principles, which are nothing more than multiple blessings that you crave for us, so that we can achieve the victories over so many struggles that they are every day. We ask Lord that help us overcome all the obstacles that prevent us from experiencing the power that there is prayer and fasting, because we truly yearn for that you transform our lives, we can do those things in a different way or no one can make them and make us people who you want to be. Amen".