“Without a Spiritual purpose, fasting is just going hungry.”
Many finding themselves in a spiritual rut, turn to fasting. There are countless benefits to this spiritual discipline. Here are just a few:
- Develops spiritual stamina (Matthew 4:1-11)
- Fosters discipline and self-control.
- Restores spiritual strength.
- Deepens intimacy with God.
- Develops spiritual intimacy.
- Brings breakthrough and favor.
- Strengthens discernment.
- To receive guidance from God.
I know when I’m at a stalemate in my life, fasting signals to me (and God) that I’m serious about moving past the normal. I’m ready for breakthrough, to hear God’s voice and for some supernatural intervention.
In the Bible, fasting was used for these purposes:
- To prepare people for a blessing, victory, miracle, or an answer to prayer.
- For deliverance or healing during intense spiritual warfare. (2 Chronicles 20:3-4)
- To seek God’s guidance (Judges 20:26)
- To humble themselves before God. (1 Kings 21:27-29)
Zack Curry says fasting is not mainly what we give up but more about who we want more of.
Now that you’re aware of the reasons for fasting, what’s the next step? Choosing HOW you will fast. There are several ways to do it. The great part about God is you can always ask Him! See how long He desires the duration of the fast to be, ask what you should abstain from and define a goal for you to achieve during this special period of time.
Creative ways to fast:
- Fast from certain foods. (leaning on God, not food for comfort)
- Fast from certain meals. (leaning on God, not food for sustenance)
- Fast from social media. (depending on God for validation)
- Fast from exercise. (If this is a daily habit)
- Fast from excessive talking. (learning the art of listening)
- Fast from isolation. (learning the art of personal engagement)
- Fast from shopping. (learning discipline)
- Fast from gossiping. (learning to sow good words, not bad)
- Fast from a relationship. (To put God in the number one position and to receive direction)
I’d like to share some tips on how I get the most out of this important time with God.
- Make sure prayer is the foundation and sustenance during your fast.
- Humble yourself before the fast and commit your body before God.
- Meditate on God’s word before, during and after the fast.
- Do your best to keep quiet about your fast. Remember this is not about spiritual pride or self-righteousness. This is about BREAKING it!
- Prepare your body for what your particular fast may entail.