Hello, could someone please tell me why we fast for? What are the benefits of fasting and praying? WHy do both go hand in hand?
Also, the people of Ninevah, they fasted and prayed, and God had mercy on them. Why did fasting appeal to God.
Why did even Our Lord fast for 40 days ? What did He gain by that??
What is it about abstination of a certain type of food, or not even eating at all (in some cases) , that's so beneficial for us spiritually??
If one answer is : The body is against the spirit, and the spirit against the body; but, surely you don't want to kill the body? If you think this way, why not go and commit suicide? That way, you are sure that you've actually killed the body 100%. Fasting just seems to make u weak and tired.
Many thanks, also, if you have any books on fasting on the internet, please let me know.
Many many thanks,