I have never fasted. I have given things up for Lent, but I would not call that fasting. I don’t like to go hungry. I wonder if that means I’m missing out on a blessing, or perhaps a miracle. There is something I have been praying about for quite some time and nothing has happened. Should I add fasting to my prayers? This Lenten Season I believe I am being called to fast.
Before His ministry began, Jesus fasted for forty days (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-4.) If Jesus needed to fast, it seems I should too.
The Bible commands both prayer and fasting. In Matthew 6:16-18, “Jesus said, ‘And when you fast …’” Notice that Jesus said when, not if. Joel 2:12 tells us, “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’”
Consider a few of the miracles that happened in the Bible as a result of fasting. When Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s den, King Darius spent the night fasting. The next morning it was discovered Daniel was unharmed (Daniel 6). Nehemiah fasted and prayed, then was allowed to go rebuild Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 1-3). Queen Esther requested a fast to save her people (Esther 4:15-16).
The purpose of fasting is to turn our focus to God. Isaiah 58 explains the proper way to fast, then outlines the blessings of fasting. I have decided it’s time I fast as well as pray. I am expecting to hear from God when my fast is over. I don’t know what God will tell me, but I do expect joy and guidance. Isaiah 58:14 tells us, “’then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’ For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
“So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”
“Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.”
Blessings on your day.
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