Isaiah 58:6-9 NIV
“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? 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? 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. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
What does it mean to fast unto the Lord? It means little if it does not lead to living for the betterment of others. Here are real-time questions, and they have a political bent to it. How does this passage speak to the situation with refugees and asylum seekers crossing the channel. In small boats? How does it speak to those really struggling with the cost of living crisis? Read again and notice the result of a Godly fast. Does this passage challenge you as much as it challenges me? It challenges e greatly?
Lord God Almighty, may I fast to your glory. Amen.