“Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.” - Matthew 9:15
Jesus refers to Himself as the bridegroom and we understand that of necessity there must be a bride. The Bride of Christ is those who have been born again and supernaturally placed in the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. He will return as promised and take His “bride” and present her to God the Father without spot or blemish.
Jesus’ disciples were accused of not fasting like the disciples of John the Baptist and the Pharisees who fasted often. Jesus said the friends of the bridegroom do not fast while they have Him with them, but after He has gone from the earth, then they will fast.
Jesus referred to His disciples as His friends; they would, after His death and resurrection, experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and become part of His bride.
Peter later fasted; the early church fasted; Paul fasted on many occasions. Fasting, along with prayer, is a necessary Christian discipline and, when practised, produces powerful results.
Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for another day in which I can serve You and give You praise. Forgive me for not fasting as I should; but I know You will help me to fulfil Your will. I yield myself to You, to be an instrument through which You can be glorified.