After instructing His disciples on how to give (and how not to give) and how to pray (and how not to pray), Jesus tells His disciples how to fast (and how not to fast). Although modern Christianity still recognizes the importance of giving and prayer, fasting is not always regarded as a particularly relevant discipline of the faith. Why?
Many of the Christian disciples we appreciate are ones that we learn by watching others do. My wife grew up watching her parents serve. She is a good servant. I grew up watching my Dad teach. I like to teach. Maybe there are good “fasters” still, they are just doing so in secret.
Jesus fasted. The Apostles followed His example and fasted. Perhaps there is a way to teach this discipline to our children while still following Christ's instruction and appreciating the purpose behind fasting.