We’re in a season of fasting and praying. Some of you may have already begun or about too but fasting isn’t to be played with. Fasting is real and when used properly, it has the power to shift your life. Therefore, fasting isn’t done to be with the crowd, for quick weight loss, to appear holy or for show. Fasting is a vow between you and your God. It’s abstaining from food and drinks, (not social media-that’s consecration) replacing them with Bible study, praying and worship. It’s not a time for gossiping, anger, bitterness, and negativity. Fasting is a spiritual and physical detox of body, mind, and spirit. Fasting is seeking God for something you can’t do on your own. You fast for spirituality, strength, instruction, guidance and clarity with prayer, pure intentions, a clean heart, and hands.
Fasting is when your prayers should be strong, increased, more reflective and thoughtful. This isn’t a time for quick, soft, begging prayers because when you fast, the enemy’s attacks become more intense due to a void. Where there’s emptiness, the enemy sees an invitation and the more you fast, the more it’ll feel like things are working against you. Attacks will come out of nowhere, arguments with family and friends will pop up, messy coworkers will try to get you to gossip, supervisor acting silly, children out of order and etc. Don’t fall for it. Also, if you happen to mess up while fasting, don’t let the guilt trick you into giving up. You aren’t cursed, you simply broke a vow you made. Ask for forgiveness, get back on track and keep going. And please, don’t ever think you losing something during your fast is because you didn’t fast correctly. This is a ploy by the enemy.
We don’t fast for physical things. We fast for power to destroy chains/yokes, to cast out demons, to do the will of God, to hear God, to heal, to save, to lead, to teach, to pray, etc. Bible says in Isaiah 58:6, “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.”
We don’t fast to play. We fast to slay every stronghold.
We don’t fast for fun. We fast for our future.
We don’t fast for weight loss. We fast to lose the weight of every unhealthy attachment.
We don’t fast for show. We fast for spiritual wisdom.
We don’t fast for rewards. We fast for reconciliation with God.
We don’t fast for nothing. We fast for everything God said we can have.
If you’re going to fast, fast properly and get exactly what you need from God.