KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 17:21 KJV “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”.
AS we consider how to be strong as Christians in these end times, one Christian discipline that every child of God must endeavor to practice is fasting. Fasting is basically an abstinence from food. Some talk about fruit fast, partial fast, and many more yet the simple meaning of fasting is to forsake food so you could have an undivided attention to the Lord. In this series we would take an extensive look at fasting to correct wrong notions, inspire us to fast, as well as the right ways to fast.
Some instances of fasting in the Bible.
The very first instance in the Bible where one fasted was Moses who stayed in the presence of the Lord on the mount for forty days and forty nights without eating, drinking water. He did this two times. (Exodus 24:18 & 34:28). This type of fasting is a divine fast that no human must attempt to do except the Lord instructs you to do it. I mean to fast forty days without water. One could fast forty days with water. In actual fact it is not medically advisable to fast beyond three days without water.
In Judges 20:20–26, when the house of Israel came against the house of Benjamin who defeated the Israelites. the Israelites fasted the whole day until evening before the Lord, for His intervention. (Judges 20:26). In this instant God instructed them as to what to do and they indeed conquered the house of Benjamin.
In 1st Samuel 7:6 the house of Israel gathered at Mizpah fasted and repented before the Lord. He accepted their plea and blessed them
They fasted during the burial of certain august persons like king Saul and Jonathan, (2nd Samuel 1:12
David fasted for his first son with Beersheba, yet lost him 2nd Samuel 12:16
Elijah fasted for forty days and forty nights (1st Kings 19:8)
Esther and the house of Israel fasted for 3 days to be delivered from the evil plan of Heman( Esther 4:16&17)
Nehemiah fasted with prayer for God’s intervention when the gates and walls of Jerusalem were destroyed. Neh1:4
King David said he humbled his soul with fasting and prayer (Psalm 35:13)
David says his knees were weak through fasting (Psalms 109:24)
Daniel fasted to seek the face of the Lord. for answers for the deliverance of the Jews. He had angelic visitation and a great insight into the future events (Daniel 6:18)
Luke 2:37 Anna the prophetess fasted day and night to live to see the birth of Jesus.
The Lord Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights Matthew 4:2. He returned in the power of the Spirit and His fame went abroad. Lk 4:14
I believe the disciples waited for the coming of the Holy Spirit with fasting. Acts 2:1–30
Acts 10:30 Cornelius fasted and God sent an angel to him to open the door for the salvation of the Gentiles
The disciples in Antioch fasted and the Holy Spirit appointed Paul and Barnabas Acts 13:2
2nd Corinth 11:27 Paul said he fasted often
In all these numerous references we see fasting being used to seek God’s mercy, intervention in difficult and humanly impossible cases. To seek answers, and favors from the Lord, to have power with God and many more. Fasting is a devotion that liberates a man from so many natural hindrances to seek and encounter God. It unclogs you for all that God has for you to flow to you.
Father, I pray for strength and insight to seek your face in fasting for various life issues. I pray also for the church of God to commit themselves to fasting and prayer for breakthrough in these end times.
Isaiah 40:31 KJV “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” .