Jesus criticized the disciplined religious. No one else.

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” -Jesus (Matthew 6:16)

Fasting isn’t easy. It takes as much discipline as any “spiritual practice.” Jesus wasn’t impressed.

Jesus saw through actions to hearts. Why are you fasting? To look religious? To seem spiritual? To negotiate with the gods for blessings?

Or do you recognized the God of the universe when He’s standing in front of you, inviting you to come and follow?