‘God does not suggest fasting. It is not a proposition, it is an order. Jesus said “When you fast…”. He did not say “if” or “when it’s quite convenient”. No, it is an order.
So fasting then is an act of obedience. So, as with any act of n obedience mentioned in the Bible, there are serious blessings when we do it.
It is not an act of comfort.. That is certainly true to the physical call part ofus. But it actually brings great comfort when we do it. God comforts us through the Holy Spirit and provides the means of strength to completenit.
Fasting can be many thinga. It can be obtaining from sex for a specified time to pray. It may mean not eating and having only clear liquids or water during a certain time so you can pray. Fasting can be obtaining from cell phones and tech and anti-social media for a specific time to pray. It may be abstaining from drugs or alcohol or gambling or pornography- hopefully all those are permanent, to pray. You know what is precious to you. The traditional fast is about food, though, and I like this one best.
Here is why fasting from food is my favorite. It drives you to a state of hunger, discomfort, less strength physically, want, need, and as such, when you pray humbly for that needed strength and satisfaction and pray diligently, God of all ability can step in in a meaningful way to draw close to you. He does not hesitate to comfort and fill you and answer prayer tangibly and this is so very precious and beautiful. No experience ever tops this.
When we obey, specifically obey with fasting, and I do so on a weekly basis, you are deepening your humble, building your faith, relying on God, out of comfort, and this combination is a precious gift to God. He loves it, accepts it and gives you a spiritual hug. This is a way to experience God much more intimately, more deeply, more precious and see His glory up close.
And of course, obeying with fasting and prayer is a growth of wisdom each time you partake of this dedicated time with God. There is no doubt you are putting God first. No greater way to put all your attention on God and that is certainly a walk toward wisdom and growth.‘❤
More to come…❤