Few stories emphasize the importance of fasting as does the account of Jesus fasting forty days and forty nights. (Matt. 4:2; Luke 4:2.)
The tremendous blessings that come from fasting have been put before every dispensation. In speaking of the law of the fast, Isaiah said:"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.
"And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." (Isa. 58:6-11.)
In his April 1989 general conference address, Elder Russell C. Taylor of the Seventy said:
"Fasting is more than abstaining from food. It is more than helping the needy through a fast offering, important as that is. It is a spiritual law as well, just as the law of tithing or the Word of Wisdom.
"In a sincere fast, we are given an open invitation by the Lord to draw close to Him, to open our hearts to Him, to feel His Spirit and pure love. It's a time to recommit to obeying His commandments.
"You'll find there are points to make as you draw close to the Lord through scripture study, prayer, and fasting. Your testimony will grow. While many . . . today are starving spiritually, you can grow spiritually."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Jesus the Christ, by James E. Talmage; and the April 1984 and April 1989 general conference reports.