Prayer and Fasting

Biblical fasting is an important spiritual discipline that has been practiced by believers for thousands of years. It involves abstaining from food and drink, or other pleasures, for a set period of time in order to focus on prayer and seeking God. Fasting is mentioned many times in the Bible and is often connected with prayer, as it is a way to humble ourselves before God and seek His will.

One of the most well-known examples of fasting in the Bible is when Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness before beginning His ministry (Matthew 4:1-2). This fasting was a time of intense spiritual preparation and testing for Jesus, as He prepared for the ministry before him and as He faced temptation from Satan.

Fasting is not just for Jesus, however. In the Old Testament, Moses fasted for 40 days and 40 nights on Mount Sinai as he received the Ten Commandments from God (Exodus 34:28). In the New Testament, the early church fasted and prayed when making important decisions, such as choosing leaders (Acts 13:2-3). Fasting was also a common practice among believers for spiritual revival and seeking God's direction.

Why fast? There are many benefits to fasting, both physical and spiritual. Fasting can help us to focus on God and to hear His voice more clearly. It can also be a way to humble ourselves before God and to seek His will for our lives. Fasting can also bring physical benefits, such as weight loss and improved digestion.

However, it is important to remember that fasting is not about earning God's favor or trying to manipulate Him. It is simply a way to draw closer to Him and to seek His will.

There are different types of fasts that can be practiced. Some people choose to fast from all food and drink, while others may fast from certain types of food or drink, such as solid food or television. Some people also choose to fast from certain activities or pleasures, such as social media or music.

It is important to seek God's guidance and to follow His leading when deciding on a fast. Some people may feel led to fast for a short period of time, while others may feel called to a longer fast. It is also important to listen to our bodies and to be sure to drink plenty of water while fasting.

Fasting is a powerful tool that can help us to draw closer to God and to seek His will for our lives. It is a discipline that has been practiced by believers for centuries and can bring great spiritual and physical benefits.

Start praying now to see how God can use your fast to speak to you or move you to a better understanding or Him, and/ or a better relationship with Him and/ or a better relationship with others. We begin our 21 day corporate fast Jan 29! Be prayed up and ready! Let's see God show up and show off!

Pastor Jody

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