powerful prayers during fasting

during fasting

Loving father, today I have decided to fast.
I remember that your prophets fasted,
that Jesus Our Lord fasted,
and that also his disciples did.
The Blessed Virgin also fasted
and now he invites me to do it.
Eternal Father, I offer you this day of fasting.
That through him I can be closer to you,
Show me your ways and open my eyes
to recognize your many gifts.
May my heart overflow with love towards You and my neighbor.
Lord, may this fast make me grow in understanding
towards the hungry, the dispossessed, the poor.
Make me see my possessions as pilgrimage gifts
that must be shared.
Give me also the grace of humility
and the strength to do your Will.
Lord, may this fast cleanse me from bad habits,
Calm my passions, and increase your virtues in me.
And you, my Mother, obtain for me the grace to fast with joy,
that my heart can sing with you
a song of thanksgiving.
I put in your hands my decision to fast with firmness.
Teach me, through fasting, to be more and more
as your Son Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

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