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What I learnt about fasting…

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Every onset of the new year, our church comes together as a congregation for 21 days of fasting and prayer…this was the first time I participated in this and I’ve learnt a lot from my experience, so I thought I’d share…

Most of what I learnt was through the various teachings that I heard during this time and I just wanted to pick a few of them that really stood out to me and were a really big game changer for me as a believer.

Fasting isn’t about making God do something for us,  it’s a way of gaining a spiritual connection with God, through emptying ourselves of distraction and filling ourselves with his spirit. Through this spiritual connection we gain divine wisdom, direction, guidance, favor and ammunition against our battles.

I’ve heard of a lot of people fast for various things, a job, a spouse, healing…you name it, and at times this can really give you the wrong idea of what fasting is about, because during or after fasting people do experience a lot of miracles as a result.

However, we do not fast to manipulate God into answering our prayers, we fast to remove distractions and to offer our bodies, mind and soul as a living sacrifice to the Lord.

As a result, during this time we are more open to receive and hear from God, we have a clearer connection with him and we can easily fight the spiritual warfare.

I have two favorite stories in the bible about fasting and prayer, one was when the disciples tried to heal a sick boy and they failed and Jesus was able to, when they asked him why they couldn’t heal the boy he told them, that kind of “spirit” can only be removed by fasting and prayer. This teaches us that some battles we’re fighting need extra ammunition/intervention, we need to go in with fasting and prayer to be able to overcome.

Matthew 17:15-21 (NKJV)

15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic[a] and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

17 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

20 So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

The second story I love is of Queen Esther and how she found favor from the King due to her and her people fasting and praying…As believers, we do not fight in the physical, but we fight in the spiritual, we let God do the fighting on our behalf!!!

Esther 4:15-17 (NKJV)

15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.

Esther 5:1-3 (NKJV)

Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.[a] So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!”

Ultimately, I learnt, whatever problem we face or before we make any important decisions, it’s best to seek the face of God by removing distractions through fasting and praying…when we fast and pray we gain a spiritual connection with God and receive his wisdom, guidance and favor.

XOXO,

Dee

PS: The images above are from September 2017, still trying to catch up here on the blog :)