Fasting

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him. So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.

- Ezra 8:21-23 -

Fasting is about vision

As a church, we are beginning 2018 with 21 days of prayer and fasting. It’s one of the many ways we seek to align our hearts with the heart of God, in this new season. One might ask, what is fasting exactly? Is it just a holy weight-loss program or is there more to it than that? How do I know if I’m doing it right?


THE BENEFITS OF FASTING

Fasting is an integral part of developing our relationship with Christ. It is a time where we quiet ourselves from the distractions around us, so that we can hear from God more clearly. Fasting isn’t about losing weight, it’s about gaining vision.


WHAT YOU LET GO OF DICTATES WHAT YOU PICK UP

Fasting is less about what you’re losing, and more about what you’re gaining. Abstaining from food, drink, media, or anything else that normally feeds you is no easy task! Those who fast often acknowledge the physical, mental, and emotional toll that it takes on the human body, as you are denying yourself of personal cravings. This self-denial is important in bringing focus to your heart and mind, so that you can connect with God without interference. What you stand to gain will far outweigh what you decide to give up.

How to Succeed in your fast

When the Holy Spirit calls us to fast, He will strengthen us and give us the ability to carry it out. We’ve whipped up a few key tips that can help you throughout the entire process. So, whatever the reason God has led you to fast, you’ll stay right on track.


1. IDENTIFY THE PURPOSE OF YOUR FAST.

Are you praying for a job or financial breakthrough? Are you seeking clarity for a particular situation? Did the Holy Spirit simply prompt you to do so? Identifying the purpose of your fast will help you to stay on track until the appointed time.


2. COME WITH YOUR HEART TURNED TOWARDS GOD.

We must come into this time with a humble heart, acknowledging that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we approach God this way, our hearts are open to the word that God will release towards us.


3. BE INTENTIONAL IN MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD.

When we fast, it should be a given that distractions and temptations will be thrown our way. We must meditate on God’s word so that we do not miss out on what He wants to reveal to us.


YOUR FAST IS OVER…NOW WHAT?

Even as you break your fast, remember to remain committed to pressing towards the will of God. The aim is to become more like Christ, and that in itself, is greater than we could ever imagine. Through this process, you will come to realize that temporary satisfaction pales in comparison to the eternal rewards that come from aligning with God’s will for our lives.