Things More Important Than Fasting

Fasting has a place in Christianity, but we cannot use fasting as a way for making up for our sins or for the lack of doing good. The Jews learned this from Zechariah the prophet.
They had approached him wanting to know if they should keep fasting as they had been doing. The Lord questioned their motives for fasting (Zechariah 7:1-7). Then He showed them what He truly wanted, “Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts:
“Execute true justice,
Show mercy and compassion
Everyone to his brother.
Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless,
The alien or the poor.
Let none of you plan evil in his heart
Against his brother.”‘”
(Zechariah 7:8-10)
Should you ever fast? Yes, if the occasion calls for it, do it. Should you use fasting as a substitute for repenting of sin? No. Rather than fasting from food in that case, unless the guilt of your sin so moves you to fast, you should do the Lord wants you to do, fast from doing evil and fast from failing to obey Him.

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