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Prayer and Fasting 

Prayer and Fasting

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With acknowledgements to Grace Ruiter at faithward.org for the bulk of this article

 

What is fasting?

 

Fasting is a powerful spiritual discipline. Through fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit can transform your life. And the practice of fasting has strong roots in the Bible. Jesus himself spent time in fasting and prayer during his life on earth, and he expected his followers to fast as well.

 

We have been made right and brought into fellowship with God only by His grace which is shown to us by the finished work of Jesus in His sacrifice on the Cross. As a result it delights us to spend more focussed and intimate times with Him and fasting is one of those times.

 

Most commonly, fasting is when you abstain from food or a certain type of food for a period of time. However, there are other ways to fast, all with the potential to help you grow spiritually and to give God praise

 

It’s important to ensure you’re listening to both the Holy Spirit and your own body in the way you fast. Instead of abstaining from food altogether, you may fast from a particular type of food or even something other than food, such as social media. You might decide to fast until a certain time in the day or skip a certain meal. There are many ways to ensure you’re getting the physical nourishment you need while still enjoying the spiritual nourishment fasting and prayer offer.

 

Fasting in the Bible

 

Fasting was an expected spiritual discipline in both the Old and New Testament. In fact, we see examples of fasting in the Bible from several significant biblical figures. Moses, for example, fasted for at least two recorded 40-days periods (Deuteronomy 9:18-19, Exodus 34:28). Jesus also fasted for 40 days and nights (Matthew 4:2) and he speaks about fasting (Matthew 6:16)

 

If 40 days seems like an impossible amount of time to survive without sustenance, that’s because without divine intervention, it is. (Humans can only last about three days without water.) But biblical fasting didn’t always mean going without food or drink 24/7. The Jewish custom was to fast during the day but eat and drink as soon as it was dark. 

 

Jesus encouraged in his followers an intentional approach to fasting as a spiritual tool, not a biblical law. When Jesus was questioned about why his disciples weren’t fasting like the Pharisees, he offered his guidance on fasting. Comparing his disciples to guests at a wedding, Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Matthew 9:14-16). This guidance can still apply to us today. When we feel far from God, fasting can help us mourn our distance from God and draw closer once again.

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 +44 (0)7468 514739

hello@turningointchurch.co.uk

27A, Morley Road

Pokesdown

BOURNEMOUTH BH65 2JJ

United Kingdom