There are times in our lives when we may feel a tug on our spirits to engage further and delve deeper into our relationships with God through fasting. During a time of fasting we are able to set aside outside distractions and influences to hear from God and seek His face. Yes, it is letting go of things we like to eat preferably while abstaining from television and/or social media but ultimately you are allowing these sacrifices to symbolize the fact that your connection with God is above all else, even food. During those times when your stomach is grumbling or you desire a type of food you gave up, pray to Him, those cravings and hunger pains are reminders of why you are fasting.
It’s beneficial to fast especially when you are searching for an answer, attempting to make a large decision or seeking discernment in a situation. In the word it states that some demons can only be cast out by prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). There are also plenty of examples in the bible of people fasting:
- Esther: Before going to speak to the King
- David: Fasted for the life of his child
- Jesus:Prior to starting His ministry
There are a plethora of other instances of fasting in the bible I would suggest reading about them, especially if you are considering a fast.