“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. (Matthew 6:16 NKJV)
Fasting is observed by God’s people. It should be done with a pure and humble heart before God and not for self-aggrandizement. The kind of fast that God approves of and is pleased with is one that concerns our souls. The way fasting that many people today know concerns the physical well-being of the one who fasts. We fast to confess and truly atone for our sins. It stimulates our souls to be sorrowful because of our iniquities. We deny ourselves of the things which satisfy the flesh. We devote our efforts in serving and glorifying God. We connect with God through our Sikap Mishal Prayers seven times daily. During the fast, we ignite the spirit of love for God, for the Church, and for our fellow believers, extending it to our neighbors. We eagerly help one another in the spirit of Agape love. Let us, therefore, take this opportunity of approaching the throne of God with a humble and repentant heart, asking Him for the forgiveness of our sins. Let us implore God to free us from the dark prison cells of doubts and unbelief, of having faith which is dead in good works, of sorrows and pains due to sickness, failures, brokenness, and the like. As we ask God of all these things, let us be ready to extend the same to others in need.