The discipline of fasting releases the anointing, the favour and the blessing of God in the life of a Christian.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
As we seek God first at the beginning of the year it sets us up for blessing for the rest of the year.
Fasting is not merely going without food for a period of time. Biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. It brings us into a deeper, more intimate and more powerful relationship with the Lord. By fasting, your spirit becomes uncluttered by the things of this world and sensitive to the things of God.
In Matthew 6:16-18 Jesus provided the pattern that each us as children of God are to live. It addresses three specific duties of a Christian: giving, praying and fasting. Jesus said, “When you give…” and “When you pray…” and “When you fast...”. He made it clear that fasting, like giving and praying was a normal part of Christian life.
- We fast to seek God’s face; to know Him more
- We fast to increase our faith
- We fast for God to do something in us that He has never done before
- We fast to break strongholds in our own lives
- We fast for breakthrough
- We fast to seek direction from God.
Fasting weakens the flesh and strengthens our spirit. Closeness with God is our goal and fasting is the method.