Fasting is to go without eating any food for a period of time dedicated to God. Here are 6 biblical reasons to fast.
- We fast because Jesus expects us to fast. Mark 2: 20 reads: “And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they came and said unto Him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the friends of the bridegroom fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.” We are living “in those days” when Jesus said that His disciples will fast.
- We fast to humble ourselves. Psalm 35:18 says: “I humbled my soul with fasting.” Going without food and missing meals is quite humbling. Try it for yourself.
- We fast to make our prayers more effective, not by changing God, but by changing us. Daniel 9:3 says: “And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.” James 5:16 reads: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” When you get hungry while fasting, you will notice that your prayers get much more fervent.
- We fast to seek God. “Therefore also now, says the Lord, turn you even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning.” Fasting is a powerful act demonstrating your need for and dependence on the living God rather than food.
- We fast to be set free from habits, addictions, torment thoughts, fears, sins, and anything else that forcible holds us in bondage and to set others free. After setting a young man free from a tormenting spirit, Mark 9:28-29 states: “And when He was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” Fasting is a powerful tool that can give you and others victory over cravings and compulsions!
- We fast to help us hear God’s voice more clearly. Acts 13:2 reads: “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” God is continually speaking to us by his “still small voice” but we often fail to be aware of it because of distractions. Fasting helps to focus us on God and to tune us in to hear His voice speaking in our inner self.
Perhaps you might try fasting. You can start by missing one or two meals and using meal time to pray and read the Bible. Let me know how it goes!