This month I wanted to help you have a strong spiritual start to the new year. We have taken a journey through detoxing our minds, to learning God’s word, and praying consistently. I’m sure you are probably thinking what is next. Fasting is another spiritual discipline that should also be present in the life of a believer.
In scripture, Jesus provides instructions on how to successfully fast. He also teaches us about the power of fasting. In Matthew, chapter seventeen, the disciples attempted to cast out a demon. They were unsuccessful. Read the passage below to find out how Jesus responds to their question?
19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matthew 17:19-21 (NKJV)
Jesus is quite clear about the power that fasting brings to a seemingly tough situation. We all have experienced times in our lives where it seemed as though prayer wasn’t working. It felt as if our prayers were hitting the ceiling or Jesus just wasn’t listening. However, we learn from Jesus that somethings require prayer and fasting.
When you fast, you purposefully decide to refrain from food, drink, or behavior for a set number of days. During this time, you are seeking God for answers, revelation, and clarity of his will for your life. Fasting brings your flesh under control and allows your spirit to commune freely with God.
I challenge you today to determine when you will fast, what will you fast, how long you will fast, and what are you believing God will do. Additionally, get an accountability partner to pray in agreement with you and support you as you walk it out.