Day 3: What Does Fasting Do?
The question “What does fasting do?” is one I have been asked more times than I can remember. My answer is always the same: Fasting and prayer bring you closer to God. While that may be a brief answer, it is by no means simplistic.
Fasting is a choice. Fasting is not a requirement.
Whenever a believer chooses to begin a spiritual fast for one day or for several days, he or she makes a choice to break out of the routine in order to draw closer to God. I chose to develop a lifestyle of prayer and fasting over twenty-five years ago, and I do not know of anything that has been more powerful in my Christian life. It is true in my personal experience and it is true for our church, as evidenced by the multitude of powerful testimonies that stem from our annual corporate fast at Free Chapel.
I am more convinced than ever that fasting is a gateway through which God releases His supernatural power into our lives. The choice is ours: we can either open that gateway or ignore it and keep on going in our routines. For the past ten years our church has committed to an annual corporate twenty-one-day fast in January. With each passing year, I become more certain that this annual fast, set aside to honor God with the “first” of our year, is truly part of His design and calling. People all over America and the far reaches of the world are beginning to see that fasting is not just for a select few—but that God is a rewarder of all who diligently seek Him.January 8, 2013 | Permalink