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Friday, January 20, 2012


Matthew 6:17

"But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face." NIV

"But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face." KJV

Hypocrites can be characterized by their outer acts of "religion" becoming more important than the inward acts. Jesus says if you concentrate on the inward secret life with God, the outward acts will naturally follow. With fasting, a time of denying the physical self to focus only on Him, the things of this world become pale. What others think is no longer a concern. Our prayer life is greatly enriched and our faith strengthened. We will have an increased seriousness toward God and a tender conscience that detects the slightest entry of anything that would not be pleasing to Him. Fasting is a private act of worship and commitment between our individual selves and God.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for allowing pride to enter into our walk with You. Guide us and lead us to forsake pride and practice our personal acts of communion with You so that no one else will know that it is happening. We pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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