“Seen…by Your Father”
The point of spiritual disciplines such as fasting is that they put us in a better position to experience the presence of God; they are, then, between God and us.
Give us grace, O God, to take our relationship with you so seriously that we will be proactive in developing it from our side, inspired by the knowledge that you are always doing so from your side.
Give us faith, O God, to know that you do in fact see and honor our efforts to do what we can to open our lives up to you.
Give us peace, O God, with the knowledge that knowing and being known by you is life’s greatest reward.
“But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17).