“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:6).
One powerful spiritual benefit to fasting is increased humility before God. Both David and Ezra stated that they humbled themselves with fasting. Fasting is certainly not the only way to humble ourselves before God but it is one way. Why should we be interested in humbling ourselves before God? Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6, and 1 Peter 5:5 say the same thing: God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Fasting done with the correct motives will produce humility in our lives. Humility in us gives God the freedom to give us grace. I love God’s grace. We all receive it to some extent. I wholeheartedly believe that properly motivated fasting increases His grace.
–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune.
Father, I often try to find more humility in every other way than fasting. Forgive me for my pridefulness! Please give me the strength to submit my desires to Your heart. Please draw me into deeper intimacy, and fill me more fully with Your grace! May I learn how to desire to fast with the right motives and a deep desire to become more like Your Son.
Praise God, whose kindness toward you will last forever and ever. Thank God for loving you with an everlasting love and drawing you with lovingkindness (Jer. 31:3). Confess any ways in which you have not reflected that kindness to others. Commit yourself to considering God’s kindness to you (Rom. 11:22). Ask God to clothe you with compassion, kindness, and humility (Col. 3:12).
Pray that you might have an opportunity this week to tell someone of the many kindnesses of the Lord to you (Isa. 63:7).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin