Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Basil the great

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BEAR up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.• John Wesley

Every request needs humility of spirit. Fast then, and you will receive from the Lord what you ask.• Hermes “The Shepherd” AD 150

If you are not able to keep a fast today, at least partake of food with moderation.• St. Augustine

Fasting possesses great power. if practiced with the right intention, it makes man a friend of God. The demons are aware of that.• Tertullian

Fasting reminds us that we are sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4). Food does not sustain us; God sustains us.• Richard FosterThe smoking fumes, as it were, of rich and plentiful food, ascending, cut off like a thick cloud the illuminations of the Holy Spirit which are infused in the mind.• Basil the great

A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.• Edwin Louis ColeI am not naturally that thin, so I had to go through everything from using drugs to diet pills to laxatives to fasting. Those were my main ways of controlling my weight.• Carre OtisAfter a sound drubbing followed by half a day’s fasting, I felt more like laughing than like crying; and, in half a while, all was forgotten and my wickedness began afresh and worse than ever.• Stijn StreuvelsDown on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man’s love.• EuripidesFor the standard of Christian life was to be strained to a higher pitch; more fasting was required, and more careful separation from the manners and enjoyments of the world; celibacy and martyrdom had great value set upon them, and second marriages were prohibited.• Robert RainyHaving soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer.• Nat TurnerHe that lives upon hope will die fasting.• Benjamin FranklinThe Prophet said, “There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. after their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”if a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do.• Hermann HesseIf you study the Talmud you please God even more than you do by praying or fasting.• Abraham CahanIt’s clearly more important to treat one’s fellow man well than to be always praying and fasting and touching one’s head to a prayer mat.• Naguib MahfouzOver the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil… prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon.• Terry PrachettThe candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer.• Horatio AlgerSource: brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/fasting.html, prayerforallpeople.com/fastingquotes.html

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