Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lesson: Fasting

Gospel Principles, Lesson 25, Fasting

Fasting is good
Sarah Kinghorn did a fine job of teaching this lesson as our "guest teacher". It is a simple and beautiful principle of the gospel. Take a minute to read the's short and sweet.

Through latter-day revelation we learn that the Lord still expects His people to fast and pray often (see D&C 88:76).

Occasional fasting is good for our bodies and helps our minds become more active.

The Savior taught us that purposeful fasting is more than just going without food and drink. We must also concentrate on spiritual matters.

We reviewed what the fast is, why we fast, and how to fast (with purpose and prayer). Bearing testimony and giving a generous fast offering are an important part of fast day.

Blessings come from fasting
Isaiah wrote of the Lord’s rich promises to those who fast and help the needy. We are promised peace, improved health, and spiritual guidance.
 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am (Isaiah 58:8–9).
Fasting improves our lives and gives us added strength.

It helps us live other principles of the gospel because it draws us nearer to the Lord.

Fasting helps us gain strength of character. When we fast properly, we will learn to control our appetites and passions. We are a little stronger by having proved to ourselves that we have self-control.

If we teach our children to fast, they will develop the spiritual strength to overcome greater temptations later in their lives.

When we fast wisely and prayerfully, we develop our faith. With that faith we will have greater spiritual power.

The Savior has said to those who fast properly, “Thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly” (Matthew 6:18).

What can we do to make fasting a joyful experience? 
  • Prepare ahead.
  • Plan for a day of devotion. Think of it as a principle that you can be perfect in.
  • Focus on your purpose often.
  • Be humble, teachable and grateful.

Related blog articles:
Fasting is a synonym for rejoicing
Add more power to prayer with fasting
Fasting as a way to do good or help others

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for including the blessings of fasting. I didn't get to it and forgot to remind everyone to read the rest of the lesson. It was a blessing to me to be able to prepare for this lesson.


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