Lovefast -1: On fasting

Lovefast prayer and action campaign from the Mahabba Network

Lovefast -1: On fasting

By Phil S from Mahabba's Network Team
Inspired by today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer, but with a UK twist!


Daily verse

‘When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
— Matthew 6:16-18 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

Thought for the day

On fasting

Christians have 40 days of Lent (14 February - 29 March 2018) and Muslims have 30 days of Ramadan (15 May - 14 June 2018).

And for the contemporary generation, some form of detox has also become popular.

But Lent was not just about giving up chocolate or cheese. Or other forms of abstinence.

As we read in the passage today, Jesus talked about not making a song and dance about fasting, but it being personal and secret.

The rewards may indeed be physical benefits such as losing weight, feeling healthier, even food tasting better afterwards.

But it can also have a deeper, more hidden, impact.

‘Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveal itself’ (Jelauddin Rumi)

Fasting can also help to re-orientate ourselves spiritually, strengthen our spirits and refresh us and help us regain that lost sense of purpose.

'And your Father who sees in secret will reward you'


Prayer for the day

Coming soon! [from Day 1]


Daily action

During Ramadan you might like to fast with your Muslim friends in solidarity. Don’t make a song and dance of it!


Your turn

Let us know how it went! Leave a comment below, or tag us on social media with the #lovefast hashtag on social media. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter!


Partners of 30 Days of Prayer

Fellowship of Faith for the Muslims

Global Connections

Simply Mobilising

Hope for Muslims

Operation Mobilisation


Open Doors




London City Mission

Arab World Ministry


Frontiers Ireland

Mahabba Network