3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it?Why have
we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’“Yet on the day of your
fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers.4 Your fasting
ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on
high.5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to
humble themselves?Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for
lying in sackcloth and ashes?Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable
to the LORD?6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:to loose the
chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and
to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to
clothe them,and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will
quickly appear;then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory
of the LORD will be your rear guard.9 Then you will call, and the LORD
will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.“If you do
away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious
talk,10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the
needs of the oppressed,then your light will rise in the darkness, and your
night will become like the noonday.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase?
3. Have you ever fasted? Why or why not? What benefits did you
4. Fasting or any one of the religious activities that we’re “supposed”
to do, do us no good when we engage in it for the wrong reasons
and with the wrong attitude. In which religious activities do you
find yourself just going through the motions: attending church?
Reading the Bible? Prayer? Communion service? Fasting? How
are these activities affecting you now? What attitudes are needed
for these activities to be “acceptable to the Lord”?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.