The Civil Writer Magazine Yes, that's what I said, "fast without wanting anything from God". Fasting is the willing abstinence or reduction of some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. An absolute fast is normally defined as abstinence from all food and liquid for a defined period. But why food? After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Matt 4: 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. A common expression meaning people shouldn't just eat to live but live communing with God.

That is why emphasis is placed on food rather than anything else. There are no lessons with going hungry, but self control and perseverance. Let's be real you can fast without food but if you are too busy begging on an empty stomach God cannot talk to you.

To show total control while fasting go without supplying (a requirement or demand) to God. Go into a state of Thankful for whatever time you desire and eat along the way but do not beg for anything. You not eating, has nothing to do with Godliness. Requiring and demanding something (supplication) is what many consider a part of religion by the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

Fasting has become a mockery. Many fast from bacon, sugar, starch, cussing. Just to accomplish something but does God care. It doesn't make you a better person it simply makes you a disciplined person. Fasting has a purpose to become one in the spirit of God and not as a program for disciplinary actions.