Don’t fast, abstain from something or jump into a corporate fast because somebody else is doing it. Fast, give up something for Lent or however you choose to do it because you’re seeking a closer relationship with God or a clearer understanding of your purpose in Him. Look, fasting isn’t for play. When you fast, your prayers have to become stronger, increased, more reflective and thoughtful. This isn’t a time for quick, soft, begging prayers because when you fast, you’re removing from flesh something the enemy will try to use against you.
Matthew 4:1-4 says, “When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
The enemy tried to use Jesus’ humanity of hunger against Him. It’s the same for you. The enemy will seek to play with your mind by using what your flesh is abstaining from. How do you survive it? With God’s word. This mean study more, worship more, pray more, journal, ask questions, go to bible study and Sunday school and read. This means, spending more time with God and resisting the enemy. You don’t have to believe me but every time the enemy tried Jesus, He used God’s word.
Verse 5 – Satan takes Jesus to Jerusalem, the highest peak of the Temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands, so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus’ reply, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”
Verse 8 – Satan takes Jesus to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. He says in verse 9, “I will give it all to you, if you will kneel down and worship me.” Jesus’ reply, “Get out of here, Satan, for the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’” You know what happened … Bible says, “Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.”
Fast or give up something for Lent, if you choose but you must be strapped up and ready for the enemy’s attacks. They are coming but you CAN survive, if you know AND use God’s word to do it.