I don’t know about you but I haven’t heard many teachings on the value of fasting and praying.
In the book of Luke Jesus, Himself, said that when the Bridegroom is taken away then the disciples will fast (added emphasis).
He didn’t say that we might fast. He didn’t say we could fast. He didn’t say we should pray about fasting. He said we will fast!
You remember when the disciples were out healing and casting out demon spirits? Then they came across one demon possessed man and they could do nothing. They went back to Jesus and asked Him why they could not heal this man. Jesus chastised them about their lack of faith. He told them that that demon was a really bad one and if they expect to take care of demons that are that bad they had better strengthen their faith by fasting and praying.
The Bible says to every man is given a measure of faith. So we already have that seed of faith. The only way to grow that faith is by using it or testing it. However, apparently, there comes a point in our faith walk that in order to bring our faith to the next level we must enter into a season of fasting and prayer.
There are twenty five different fasts listed in the Bible. Here is where my current understanding on the subject is. I can enter into a season of (general) fasting and praying. I begin by praying and asking the Lord what type and how long this fast should be. Upon “hearing” from the Lord I enter into that time. Now (for me) I can go about this in one of two ways. I can enter into the fast with the intent of crucifying my flesh and drawing spiritually closer to the Lord through prayer, study and worship. Just to generally strengthen my relationship with Him.
However, if I am dealing with a particular issue (anger, lust, greed, etc.) then I will go before the Lord and confess what He already knows. That, Lord, I am struggling with this spirit of anger. It has taken hold of me and I know it is not of You. Lord I consecrate this fast unto You that You will have dominion over that spirit of anger in me and take it out by the roots. Replace that void with Your Spirit of Peace and Love.
Strengthen me in Your ways oh Lord… in all Your ways. Guard my thoughts and preserve my temporal body as I seek Your divine guidance.
May the Lord be glorified through my intentional partnering with Him.
I believe that only true
Disciples of the Christ
will seek him through
the sacrifice of fasting and prayer.
What do you think?