“I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24
King David had sinned and was told by God through the prophet Gad to erect an altar on the site that would later become the temple mount. The man who owned the property said that he would give it to king David for free. David refused and his response revealed his heart of worship toward the Lord.
Fasting isn’t about what you are saying no to, so much as what you are saying yes to. It is a time of denying self-serving activities, and focus on prayer, reading the word, and serving others. Fasting is a time of realignment, but is also worship. Worship is from an old phrase, “worth-ship.” The level of our sacrifice reveals how much God and our relationship with Him is really worth to us. It’s not that our pain, suffering, or discomfort somehow pleases God, but that we are naturally selfish and self-focused so naturally, focusing on anything other than ourselves is going to involve some level of discomfort. He is worth our sacrifice and attention. Let’s not give to God that which costs us nothing.
Prayer: Lord, I love You. Thank You for today. Help me to please You. I ask forgiveness for fasting as a show for others or in a way that is selfish, half-hearted, and lacks the sacrifice of the true worship that You deserve. Please give me the grace and wisdom to offer You my worship in a manner that You deserve. Amen.