“Fasting” Matthew 6:16-18

January 16 2022

Series: Kingdom Come

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Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18

Big Idea: We fast out of a longing for deeper relationship with Jesus, not for status or the approval of man.

1. Fasting Is Not Optional strengthening prayer (Ezra 8:23; Joel 2:13; Acts 13:3)

seeking God’s guidance (Judges 20:26; Acts 14:23)

expressing grief (1 Samuel 31:13; 2 Samuel 1:11–12)

seeking deliverance or protection (2 Chronicles 20:3–4; Ezra 8:21–23)

expressing repentance and returning to God (1 Samuel 7:6; Jonah 3:5–8)

humbling oneself before God (1 Kings 21:27–29; Psalm 35:13)

expressing concern for the work of God (Nehemiah 1:3–4; Daniel 9:3)

ministering to the needs of others (Isaiah 58:3–7)

overcoming temptation and dedicating yourself to God (Matthew 4:1–11)

expressing love and worship to God (Luke 2:37)

2. How Not To Fast

3. How To Fast