Day 220: Benefits of Fasting

10 Aug, 2014

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan

Ezra 8:21-9:15

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Psalm 31:1-8

Proverbs 21:1-2

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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Then I proclaimed a fast there…that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions” (Ezra 8:21). The remnant of Israel returning from exile needed major direction, so they humbled themselves before God and proclaimed a fast. Are you facing a major decision? Are you scared of something coming your way? Do you need protection from someone or something? Fast. In today’s reading, Ezra outlines three benefits of fasting: 1) direction for you personally, 2) direction for your family, and 3) financial wisdom. If you need help in one (or all) of those areas, what do you have to lose?


Father, thank You that Your Word outlines practical ways to receive guidance, direction and instruction from You. Help us to accept Your counsel. Help us to fast in our hour of need!