We fast because Allah has commanded us to do so; in an attempt for us to remind ourselves of how grateful we ought to be. But we often don’t really remember the other blessings our fasts can bring. It is during this time that all the gates of Hell are closed, Shaytan is chained up, and all the gates of heaven are opened for us all. We have an opportunity to make the most of this month; to repent and beg forgiveness for the numerous sins we have made.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW said in a hadith narrated by Bukhari:
"Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan with faith and hoping for its reward (ihtisab) shall have all of his previous sins forgiven for him." [Bukhari, Muslim]
Thus, the righteous believer - one who is looking to gain the most out of this month - will look forward to each fast; regardless of its length. He will read the Quran as much as he can, and know that at the end of it, Allah will reward him for his patience and guide him on the path of Siraat Al-Mustaqeem. InshAllah, this person will be rewarded with happiness in this life and the next.
May Allah make this month the most hallowed of months for us, and may He help us through these difficult times and accept each of our fasts as being of pure heart.