People usually appear to be fasting and pretend to be humble. They bow their heads and sit in ashes, an act that implies humility and mourning. But according to God, all this is for show. Their outward actions appear to honour God, but this honour is not in their hearts. Worse than this, their normal and daily behaviour remains as bad as before. How can they expect God to listen to their prayers and acknowledge their fasting? Fasting means a time for self-denial, self-examination, and repentance from sins. But some people fast just to get attention from God and to feel good about themselves. God does not listen to the prayers of two-faced, hypocritical people.