It’s Fasting Time!

30 June, 2019

Fasting (derived from the Greek word, Nestio: Ne-not Stio-to eat) is wilful abstaining from natural pleasure for spiritual purpose. Fasting is very important and is an open door for a close relationship with God.

In the Book of Daniel chapter 10 verse 2, we read that Daniel set aside the finest dishes – the meat and wine and had a strict diet – he set aside his favourite things and hence God called him, a desired son!

Fasting is an invitation/opportunity – to enter into the will of God, humble ourselves and get into unity with the Holy Spirit.

Fasting is a spiritual discipline, but a physical act – our love for God must be expressed, being willing to forsake anything for a closer relationship with Him.

Fasting brings a spiritual release – will allow you to unlock certain things in your spiritual life. Mark 9:28, 29 – God wants us to long for the spiritual gifts that He’s willing to give.

Fasting does not change God; it changes you– You cannot bend God towards your plan, rather you align yourselves to the will of God through fasting.  God is unwavering in His will, His plan and purposes for your life. 2 Samuel 12:22-23 David fasted for his son to be saved from certain death, but he had to align himself to the will of God and eventually, he lost his son. But God had something greater for him.

If  Jesus fasted for 40 days before the advent of His ministry, I think we too should follow His example. We need to spend time in fasting and prayer, meditating on the Word of God before something new is begun – seek God and understand His will for your marriage, in your business, in your education.

Fasting is in effect feasting – upon the Word of God, searching out and meditating in depth to receive revelations. Jesus was more satisfied doing the will of God. (John 4:31-34) You can draw mysteries from a single verse.

Types of Fasting

  • Normal Fast – Abstaining from all food, but not water. (Luke 4:2)
  • Partial Fast – restricting oneself from delicacies, giving up the most desired. (Daniel 10:3)
  • Absolute Fast – abstaining from both food and water (Esther 4:16, Acts 9:9, Deuteronomy 9:9,1 Kings 19:8)
  • Corporate Fast – everybody in the assembly must be involved (Joel 2:15-17) A sign of desperation for God

Why food in particular?

According to Science, our sustenance is based on food, not technology. But Math 4:4 says, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of God.

God is the giver of our daily bread. (Mathew 6:11) – Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. Fasting allows us to focus on the Giver! Somewhere along the line, we’ve all forgotten about God, the giver of the daily bread. The Israelites ate abundantly for years – they ate quail and manna in the middle of the desert; but they still complained because they were focused upon the daily bread that they were receiving and not about the divine Giver. May we never be like those Israelite forefathers.

Fasting is good for your physical, mental and spiritual health – Removes unwanted things; some of the wrong emotions will surface up in the initial days of fasting – A cleansing process on the whole.

Fasting reveals the things that control us – we will be refined through fasting, and made into purest gold, which is just as transparent as glass with Him. We become so clear and pure that anything we do or say will be seen as glass.

Fasting is about bringing discipline – 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 Paul was the master of his body, and not vice-versa; our spirit must control our body. Sometimes, our stomach dictates our mood – if we’re hungry, we’re angry. Fasting destroys the claw-like grip of the enemy from your life – when you resist your desire/flesh, God comes real!

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About the Author

Nehemiah Damien

The first born of Br. Damien and Sis. Kshama, Nehemiah is a young dynamic preacher. Having started preaching from a very young age, Nehemiah now ministers from the Word and leads worship in meetings and conferences. He likes to minister especially to the youth and the teens thereby inspiring the young generation to follow Christ.