Shall We Fast?

The people of Judah sent men to the priests and the prophets to pray before the Lord at His house (Zechariah 7:2) and to ask something (Zechariah 7:3), for which only God could provide the answer. Therefore, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah to reveal the answer (Zechariah 7:1). The question was a good one, “Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so many years?” (Zechariah 7:3). Many Christians have the same question, not about the fifth month, but whether we should fast.
The word of the Lord came to the prophet (Zechariah 7:4), and in turn asked the people this question, “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me–for Me?'” (Zechariah 7:5). The Lord revealed that their motives were selfish (Zechariah 7:6), which is why only the Lord could answer the question. What the Lord wants is obedience to His words (Zechariah 7:7). He wants the same from Christians.
Yes, the Lord wants us to fast, but only if we do it for His glory. He wants us to eat and drink, but only for His glory. Why do you abstain from something and why do you do other things? Friends, our whole lives should be for the glory of God, whether we abstain or partake.

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