Mark 11

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Mark 2:18–22 CSB
18 Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. People came and asked him, “Why do John’s disciples and the Pharisees’ disciples fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the groom is with them, can they? As long as they have the groom with them, they cannot fast. 20 But the time will come when the groom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 21 No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new patch pulls away from the old cloth, and a worse tear is made. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost as well as the skins. No, new wine is put into fresh wineskins.”

intentense intersessions

​when the jews learned of the decree of Ahasuerus that they would be killed, “there was a great mourning among the Jews, with fasting and weeping and lamenting. Esther. 4:3
Danel seeking the Lord “by prayer and supplications with fasting and sackloth and ashes” Daniel 9:3
Daniel 9:3 CSB
3 So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek him by prayer and petitions, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Fasting Connected with Repentance

Joel 2:12–13 CSB
12 Even now— this is the Lord’s declaration— turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping, and mourning. 13 Tear your hearts, not just your clothes, and return to the Lord your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in faithful love, and he relents from sending disaster.

fasting connected with Worship in the NT

Luke 2:37 CSB
37 and was a widow for eighty-four years. She did not leave the temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.

Seeking guidance

Acts 13:2–3 CSB
2 As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.
Fasting increases our sense of humility and dependance on t eLord (our hunger and physcial weakness continually remind us how we are not strong in ourselves but need the Lord)
A means in which we seek to live out Christ’s command to die to self.
Acts 14:23
Matthew 6:16–18 (CSB)
16 “Whenever you fast, don’t be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so that their fasting is obvious to people. Truly I tell you, they have their reward.
17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
18 so that your fasting isn’t obvious to others but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
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