If you search the pages of scriptures, you will find that every major character has had their life seasoned with a time of fasting and prayer. Fasting increases our faith and fervency by drawing us into God’s presence. It is in that presence where great leaders are raised, flames don’t singe, waters part and His kingdom expands. When we become hungry in the physical, it rapidly ignites our attention to the desperate need for spiritual hunger.
And crazy things happen when people get spiritually hungry. When people get hungrier for God than they are for food surgeons go in to operate on malignant tumors, only to find nothing there; babies with heart conditions are given clean bills of health; barren women find themselves expecting; jobless fathers stumble into financial breakthrough.
I’ve seen it happen between the very four walls of our church!
Maybe you are on the fence with whether or not to fast. Maybe fasting is something foreign to you, and maybe even a little unnerving. Try it! Fasting is nothing more than abstaining from food to draw closer to God. It is not a diet, though getting healthy is a side effect. It is submitting our mind, body and spirit to an almighty God . . . A God who holds the universe in the palm of His hand, yet has a deep desire to draw close to each of us personally.
Set yourself apart. Return to Him who predestined the good works you would do before the creation of the world. Return to the One who has plans to prosper you and not to harm you, the same One who promises the current battle you are in will actually work for your good if you’ll seek Him in the midst. Return, and watch His faithful hand move in your life and the life of your children.
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning."
Rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and he relents from sending calamity." Joel 2: 12-13 NIV).