Fasting is not just staying without food or water.
It’s a season of denial of yourself of a particular pleasure your body craves for.
It is a sacrifice. For whose benefit? For God? No! For who? For you!
Fasting has many benefits for the mind, body and spirit.
If you truly want to find a harmony of these three entities.
Fasting is a practice that helps you find that balance.
Should fasting be restricted to food and water?
Aren’t there other things one could fast of? TV, pleasures, social media, comfort, too much talk. etc.
Your Spirit Benefit in Fasting.
Intimacy with God.
Fasting is another way we deny the desire and longing of our flesh in order to establish and strengthen intimacy with God.
When the body is weak, the human spirit can now have direct communications with God.
It is then we are able to pick signals and hear God well with our spiritual senses.
This can only be possible during fasting.
Lest you forget, the real you is your SPIRIT and not your body.
You are just occupying this body cause it serves as your legal right to the earth Stratosphere.
Your spirit is what enables you to find and possess God.
Fasting thus, crucifies your body so that the real you—your human spirit can gain ascendancy towards God as you pray while fasting.
It enhances our prayer and worship.
God is a Spirit and those that must worship him must do so with their spirit.
We can’t truly worship and pray with our body.
We need the strength of our human spirit empowered by the Holy Spirit to get to God.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would
So, when we fast, our spirit comes alive and is in control thus enhancing the effectiveness of our prayer and worship.
It helps to break satanic bonds.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? (Isaiah 58:6)
To effectively wrestle, we engage in a fast to help the potency of our prayers in breaking satanic bandages.
In Matt. 17, the story was told of a man whose son was possessed by a demon.
Erstwhile, Jesus disciples tried to heal him but failed in their bid to.
The boy was later taken to meet Jesus. Jesus miraculously healed the boy and his disciples were left amazed. They asked him.
Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
Look at Jesus’s reply:.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
It is worthy to note that Jesus’s disciples did not fast when he was still with them (Mark 2:18-19)
But he emphasized later on that the days when the disciples would fast will come.
It helps us fix our gaze on Jesus.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God
There are too many distractions in our world today.
The 21st century is filled with too much knowledge and information which can hamper our walk and intimacy with God.
The social media, food, pleasures. etc. can really take our focus off Jesus.
So, when we fast our attention is fixated on Jesus.
Anna, widowed after 7 years of her marriage at 84, kept fasting till the arrival of Jesus.
That’s focus. (Luke 2:36-38)
It helps to bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Long-suffering and self-control are some of the parts of the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal 5:22)
It can help you gain mastery over some addictions.
Thus, when you fast, you put your body into submission and subjection to the Holy Spirit.
For instance, if you struggle to control your craving for chocolates.
Fasting can help you discipline your bodily desires.
Jesus said ‘The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’ (Matt 26:41)
Conclusively, it is important we have times where we set asides to pray and fast everyday week to gain mastery of our bodies and spiritual heights in God