Fasting is amazing! Yes, amazing! Oh, it’s not natural for many and easy for even fewer, but it can be a fantastic discipline for the believer (Luke 2:37; 5:33).
To better understand how prayer and fasting go hand in hand in the Bible keep reading.
Most times in Scripture, fasting is linked to going without food, but there are other ways to fast. Fasting is giving up anything for a time so that we can put all our attention on the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:1-5). Some may not be able to fast from food (diabetics, for example), but everyone can temporarily give up something in order to draw closer to God.
The focus of fasting has, at times, been incorrectly placed on the lack of food rather than its primary purpose of taking our eyes off the things of this world to completely focus on the Lord. Fasting is not a punishment to our flesh, but an opportunity to give all our attention to God in order to go deeper in our relationship with Jesus. Fasting helps us gain a new perspective and a renewed reliance upon Him. The book of Acts records believers fasting before they made important decisions (Acts 13:2; 14:23).
When we take our attention off the things of this world we are more able to focus on the things of God that matter most. Fasting is not a way to manipulate God to do what we want; it changes us, not God. Fasting is not a way to appear more spiritual than others; it is to be done in a spirit of humility and a joyful attitude (Matthew 6:16-18).
Join me and other WellSpringers and seize this opportunity for corporate prayer, while connecting it to the powerful blessing of fasting. Come, having fasted - food or something that demonstrates a sacrificial offering - to our prayer time @ 7:15-8:15p.
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Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.