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The story of fasting in the Bible

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, Amen

The story of fasting in the Bible
in Christian history, simply started with the first command given in the book of Genesis when the Lord asked Adam and Eve to eat whatever they like from the Garden of Eden but only just one little simple tree. They are not allowed to eat from this which sounds like the very simple commandment of fasting. Do not take up this tree but you have the full freedom to eat from like thousands of trees. So that was a very easy thing to be done but it sounds like a commandment of fasting. Adam and Eve failed to fast in this way. That’s why the forefathers of the church commented on their sin that it was because they failed to abound to this commandment of fasting

A Spiritual Journey Back to God

That’s why in spiritual life we consider the commandment of fasting the first step of coming back to God of repentance, of praying that we have to control our desire and to prevent our desire to control ourselves. Then when you read all the books of the Old Testament you will find out that the commandment of fasting was there in the law of mother. The law given by God to mothers to the people of Israel. There were commandments of fasting. Also, when you study the lives of many prophets, Adeia, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, and Daniel, all these great prophets spent long times fasting and praying
Following the Footsteps of the Divine: Fasting in the New Covenant

That’s why when the Lord came after incarnation in the new covenant the Lord Himself fasted forty days and forty nights. Being the role model of all Christians that’s why we have to fast follow His steps. He made fasting in a sacramental way because when we fast, we come closer to God and we are trying to be more spiritual, to enjoy times with God and reading the Bible, in worshipping God, in meditation, and spending more time in the church. That’s the picture of our fasting in the new covenant. The Lord Himself spoke about the taste of fasting. It’s not just to prevent yourself from some food or to stay away from eating for some time. It’s more than this. You offer your body at a sacrifice

Sacramental Love: Understanding Fasting in Relationship to God

It’s a story of love. That’s why when people came asking the Lord about fasting and why He did not allow His disciples to fast early in their lives with the Lord, simply He spoke about the bride and groom. And He made it like when the relationship between the Lord and His church people is on the level of this sacramental love. Now people will offer themselves in fasting as a kind of loving God. So, they offer their ideas, to their fathers in the act of fasting because they love God. They do not only just prevent themselves from eating some food, but they offer everything up to the offering their bodies, and their desires. That’s the meaning of fasting in the New Testament. That’s why when you read the book of Acts you will find out that the apostles were spending many months praying and fasting. And also, all through the books of the Bible, you’ll find that the church people are fasting together. It’s not about you knowing you fast your way, your time

United in Spirit: Fasting as a Collective Offering
We are fasting all together because we are members of the same body. So, in liturgical life, we pray together, we worship God together, we have the creed, we pray the creed together and we are also fasting together. So, we are offering all our fathers as a loving sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord Himself taught us with the power of praying and fasting we can control everything, we can cast out demons, we can solve problems, we can grow in the spirit, we will get all the verus, all the fruits of the spirit because we fasted and prayed. So, in the journey of fasting when we study the books of the Old Annual Testaments, we will find out that’s the source of our spiritual life. It was there always in the lives of all saints, the prophets, the apostles, the martyrs, and the teachers of the church. So, let’s enjoy our fasting times

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