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Dear Gramps,

I’ve got a question about f. I can see putting forth the effort to fast and all of the pain and suffering that goes along with it in order to obtain a blessing. Sort of like a sacrifice we make for the blessing. But what if the blessing is not to be granted? Are we not being cheated out of the blessing we suffered or paid for? I’m in a dilemma. There’s a family blessing I dearly want for which I am willing to fast, and sacrifice much pain and hunger for many days to obtain. And I have the faith to do it. But if it’s not to be granted in the end, if it’s not God’s will, then why should I go through all of the pain and suffering for nothing? Another question.  How many months of fasting would be sufficient before we can be confident that we’ve done enough? What if I quit a month too early? I’d never know if hanging on just a little longer would result in success. So many questions. Your thoughts on this would be very helpful.

Fabjan

 

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Fabjan,

You say you have faith to fast and that is good. But then you turn around and say you don’t have faith that God will do the right thing.   Or at least answer in the way you would like to have it answered.  You seem to be trying to treat God like a cosmic vending machine, and that if you only input enough fasting your wish will be dispensed. That seems to be critical failure of faith to me.  Faith is the motive power of Heaven.  Not fasting.

Fasting can be a good way to build faith. I would recommend that you fast and pray to know God’s will. Then once you have that you will know what you need to do next.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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