16 Whenever you fast, don’t be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so their fasting is obvious to people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head, and wash your face, 18 so that you don’t show your fasting to people but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
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Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.
- What is the purpose of fasting?
- Have you ever made circumstances seem more desperate to gain the sympathy of those around you?
- Jewish culture abstained from food on occasion during fasting periods. Is there a place for fasting in modern culture? Does it have to be from food? What are some other things we can fast from?
- What mentality should we carry when fasting?
- Those who fast in public gain their accolades from others and are perceived as “great.” How does Christ evaluate the greatness of His servants?
- How does this passage pertain to righteousness?