Fasting: I see no value at all in fasting!
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people.
Isaiah 58:6 NLT
I was one of those who doubted the power of fasting as a teen and even into adulthood. I always felt that going hungry would accomplish nothing other than make me hungrier.
But then I read a story in Bible while struggling with my addiction to porn and a light sort of came on.
It’s in Matthew where Jesus had to dispel the demon in the child, who kept falling into the fire or the water, due to the lack of faith of the disciples.
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.
Matthew 17:20-21 KJV
They tried. It just didn’t happen. But Jesus said this kind will not leave without prayer and fasting.
Notice what Jesus said first though…prayer.
You can agree to fast at your church for someone’s health, addiction, etc every time they ask. But unless you are praying for that person’s heart and mind and against the demon all your going to accomplish is feeding your face when the fasting period ends.
Fasting is a form of discipline and reliance on God if you ask me and you will need prayer to get you through it.
And if you are disciplined in your prayer life then you will finish your fast.
I have to pray out loud because my mind will not shut up long enough for me to pray silently. Thoughts and tasks keep popping in there.
That’s my discipline in prayer because I know if it’s not a vocal prayer I won’t finish the prayer.
And if I am fasting I am constantly praying for the Lord to take the hunger away. My metabolism is so fast I have to eat all day basically and yeah I still way 132-135. They would pick on me at work because I was always eating and never gained a pound.
But I am also praying for the person I am fasting for as well.
By praying and fasting not only are you disciplining yourself you are spiritually loosing the grip of whatever has your friend in it’s grip.
There is a huge value in prayer and fasting if done properly!