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Short Devotion : Matthew 6:16

Short Devotion : Matthew 6:16

August 4, 2019

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“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” Matthew 6:16

The Pharisees fasted to flaunt their piety in front of others. Fasting is often connected to prayer and increases the earnestness of our petitions (James 5:16). It’s a spiritual discipline with the purpose of focussing on God for our physical and spiritual needs. It isn’t about putting on a performance or drawing attention to ourselves. Fasting shouldn’t be noticeable or cause us to look somber.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

4 thoughts on “Short Devotion : Matthew 6:16”

  1. Susan,
    I love your website! God certainly has blessed you with the gift of writing and communicating the Word in a powerful and informative way. Thank you for being so obedient to the LORD and for your lovely site.
    God bless you~

  2. Susan,
    I love your website! God certainly has blessed you with the gift of writing and communicating the Word in a powerful and informative way. Thank you for being so obedient to the LORD and for your lovely site.
    God bless you~

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