The busyness of life tends to keep our schedules full of activities requiring us to be intentional with our time with God. When we encounter a crisis, face a big decision, or simply want to deepen our intimacy with the Lord, fasting is a great response.
Fasting can be defined as denying yourself of something valuable for a period of time to receive something from God or be set free by God.
There are examples of fasting throughout the Scriptures:
And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Benefits of Fasting:
1. Fasting is good for me
2. Fasting strengthens my dependence on God
3. Fasting enlists God’s assistance for great things
Seven Steps to a Successful Fast
1. Make a Plan
2. Pray about your privacy
3. Strategically disconnect
4. Expect a challenge
5. Rest and be still
6. Keep Moving
7. Expect a breakthrough
What are some extra things in your life that capture your attention and time?
Could God be calling you to consider giving something up for a season to set aside extra time to seek the Lord?
For further study on fasting:
Ryan Rush Blog – A Few Thoughts on Fasting