Day 26

A Prayer For Fasting

"But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."

Matthew 6:16

Creator of Life,

You see all things hidden in the darkness, and You bring all things into the light of Your love. We thank You for Jesus the true Light of the world from whom nothing is hidden. Heavenly Father, help us dedicate a time of fasting and prayer that we might be drawn closer to You and Your holy light. Form us into the likeness of Jesus. Holy Spirit, examine us with the flashlight of Your Word to reveal the secret places of dark motivations that lurk within our hearts. Allow us to faithfully practice fasting as a weekly rhythm to grow in our faith dependence upon You. Through the spiritual discipline of fasting, give us a renewed focus on Kingdom living — of being set apart for You in this world and not of it. Lord Jesus, You are the living manna from heaven and our lives are made to thrive when we feast at the banquet table of Your Word instead of the empty calories of this world. We ask this in the name of our Triune King — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.