“Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
Nothing seems to humble our hearts like deliberately leaving our bellies empty. We all know the hollow feeling when we haven’t eaten all day. The physical cravings are obvious. When we intentionally abstain from food in order to focus our hearts in prayer, those physical cravings seem to intensify the longing of our hearts. If we fast with the right motive – to draw closer to God, then we pray more earnestly and with a sense of brokenness. Humility gets God’s attention. 1 Peter 5:5c says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Prepare yourself to fast for a few meals.