Fasting and Feasting Part 1
There are over 600 muscles in our body. The one we don’t exercise enough is the NO muscle. It’s what you flex when you say no to something. How do we exercise the no muscle? By fasting.
MONDAY: Biblical fasting is voluntarily abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose. This is also done for a season so we can focus on God instead of the food we would normally eat. Proverbs 5:23 says, “23 For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.” Proverbs 16:32 says, “32 Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.” It takes discipline to give up food. We all love food, and we know that our body requires it to function. But when we replace food with spending time with God and focus on Him, it really makes a difference in our lives.
Father God, help me learn and follow through on this fasting thing. It’s so different, but I know that it’s Biblical. Lead, guide, and direct me. Let me hear you during this time. In Jesus name, Amen.
TUESDAY: There are 3 types of fasting: 1. A complete fast, 2. Selective fast, 3. Daniel Fast. A complete fast is the most life-changing. This is where you fast from food. This is a liquid only diet. The selective fast is something like the Daniel fast, which is not eating meats, sweets, dairy or bread. A partial fast can be like the Jewish type, from sun up to sun down. If you have never fasted you can start with one like this and work your way up to no food at all. Do whatever works for you, and if you have a medical condition, please seek your doctor before starting.
Father God, show me what fast to do and how to do it. Help me listen and follow through with it. Give me the strength. In Jesus name, Amen.
WEDNESDAY: Fasting satisfies the void in our hearts that can only be filled by God. King David, in Psalm 63 said this, “1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” We fast, replacing food, with time for God. This can be in prayer or reading of His Word, or any other way you feel connected to Him. Only He can truly fill the voids in our life.
Father God, I am learning that you are all I need to fill the holes in my heart. Help me take this time of fasting and replace the food with time for you. Show me what You’d have me learn and let me hear all you have to say. In Jesus name, Amen.
THURSDAY: Fasting without prayer is a hunger strike. God will not respond to that. The important thing here to realize is you are replacing the time you would eat with time for God. He will respond to you. Be sure to take the time to pray, read the Bible, a devotional, or a message from a Pastor or something.
Father God, show me what to do instead of eating. Help me hear what you have to say and let me be sure to replace this time with you. In Jesus name, Amen.
FRIDAY: God answers the cry of our soul when we fast. Whatever you are in need of, ask God while you are fasting. Pray for others as well. God will answer in a different way because you are giving up something and replacing it with time with Him. This shows Him how serious we are about something. Trust Him to answer in His timing, and His way.
Father God, thank you for answering the cry of my soul while I fast. I only what your will for my life. I want whatever you want, Father. Lead, guide, and direct me through this time and let your will be done.