God calls us to love each other – Prayer for Lent #day 2. Fasting will remain to be one of the ways we can set ourselves apart to seek the Lord and pray to get answers to prayer. But the question is, are we fasting the way God wants it or we are just getting ourselves hungry?
Bible Verse for Today
“Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?” (Isaiah 58:5)
In as much as fasting is important in the Christian life, God is more concerned about how we fast and what we call fasting. Without judging, what most of us call fasting is just going on a hunger strike. We fast but it’s not the kind of fast that God wants.
In Isaiah 58, God made it clear the kind of fast that most people fast and the kind that he requires of us. Fasting and yet doing the sinful things doesn’t make our fast and acceptable one. If we want our fast to be acceptable by God, there are things that we must do – God laid down some things that we should follow while fasting so it would be accepted.
From verse 6 to verse 8 of Isaiah 58, God gave us the things we must do while fasting. One of which showing love. If we sum up the whole of the three verses which talk about giving to the poor, forgiving people who have offended us, we will see it all about love. There is no way we can fast without displaying the nature of God which is love.
God is love and this is what God requires of us when fasting. In Isaiah 58:9a, God said He will answer our prayers. “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”
God Calls Us to Love Each Other Prayer for Today
Lord, thank you for opening my eyes to the kind of fasting you required of us. I pray that you forgive me if I have been doing it the wrong way from the time past. Help me to show love to people not only when I’m fasting but every time. Let my fast be acceptable in your presence, Lord. I also pray that you give me the strength to fast and whenever I call on you, let me be answered. Amen.