Sometimes you are so hungry,
the only way to be fed is to fast
Fasting is a powerful way to access God in an intimate and authentic relationship.
To receive answers to prayers and gain a fresh touch from our heavenly Father.
When we look at scripture almost every leader fasted. It is rooted in Jewish spiritual life. People of the Bible knew the power of the practice. Jesus expected that his followers would fast. In Matthew 6:16-17 twice he says, “when you fast”. Jesus assumes that, just like his disciples will give (Matthew 6:2-3) and pray (Matthew 6:5-7) they will also fast.
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
The Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days he ate nothing, and afterwards, when they had ended, he was hungry.
I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were filled.
What it is and what it is not
• Fasting is always about food – Biblical fast is to restrict food for a spiritual purpose.
• Hebrew word for fast is ts֒wm (tsoom) and means to cover the mouth.
• Greek word for fast is nĕstĕuō (nace-tyoo-o) and means to abstain from food.
There are four types of fast
• Absolute fast – all food and water for a short period only, perhaps a day or two and may involve daylight hours only. (Exodus 34:28)
• Normal fast – where only water is consumed. (1 Kings 19:8)
• Partial fast – where some foods are consumed and other restricted. (Matthew 3:4)
• Corporate fast – a group is called to fast for a specific period of time. (Acts14:23)
• Seek God on the purpose of the fast as to issues to be addressed.
• Present these issues to God during the period of the fast.
• Wait and receive His guidance.
• Fasting should never harm your body.
• If health issues stop you from “food fasting” then don’t be discouraged, there are other ways you can fast. Some folks do “media fasts” where they don’t watch TV for a few days.