“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6
Just thinking about it makes me want to raid my fridge. Anyway, as Christians we are operating under the ‘redeemed’ operating software and fasting is our anti-virus. Over time, it’s very easy for our souls to get “gunked up”. Fasting is a way to give our bodies and our souls a deep cleaning. When we do, we find that not only do we feel better, but as we draw closer to God, we are more in tune with His voice. This topic is so complex and long but I’m gonna try to make it basic. As Christians we are required to fast. It’s a pre-requisite. From the old testament straight through to the New Testament fasting is a recurring theme. Even Jesus fasted (case in point.)
Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: Joel 2:12
Biblical fasting is, very simply, denying oneself food for the sake of seeking and honouring God. Pastor Stovall Weems says that “prayer is connecting with God; fasting is disconnecting ourselves from the World.” That’s a great way to describe the feeling. You can fast from other things that keep you connected to the World, too. Things like TV, video games, social networking, chatrooms and more.
He must increase, but I must decrease John 3:30
If you want your patience tried – fast. On that day, all kinds of people will be offering you food and lunch dates. You will be sent on errands to go order food or to cook and serve food. But I assure you that the end results far outweigh the temptations.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here I am. Isaiah 58:8-9
Drink lots of water. Pray. Read your Bible. Listen to worship music. Think. Meditate on the WORD.
Dedication: Hillsong – All things are possible
Baruch Hashem Adonai