The most important consideration in
undertaking a fast, as in any act of devotion, is to seek nearness to
God, and seek His pleasure and Forgiveness. This itself generates a
spirit of piety in man.
Creating the conditions of hunger and
thirst for oneself, simply in obedience to the Divine order, measures
the faith of man in God and helps strengthen it by putting it to a
Fasting enhances through creation of
artificial non-availability, the value of the bounties of God which man
often takes for granted. This inculcates in man a spirit of gratitude
and consequent devotion to God. Nothing else can bring home to a man the
worth of God's bounties than a glass of water and a square meal after a
day long fast. This also reminds man that the real joy in enjoying God's
bounties lies in moderation and restraint and not in over indulging.