Why Fast?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fasting should be an integral part of the Christian life. We see several instances in the bible where people sought to draw closer to God through prayer and fasting. Personally, I am drawn to the life of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was King Artaxerxes' cup bearer. We see in the book of Nehemiah where his brothers came to visit him and Nehemiah asked them about the state of Jerusalem. They told him that the city was in dire straits; walls and gates destroyed and they were open to attack from their enemies. In essence, his family and his people were in danger. Upon hearing this, Nehemiah wept and mourned over the distress of his people; he fasted and prayed to God on their behalf. Now, for those of you that know the story, he prayed and fasted for a few months and then God gave Nehemiah an opportunity to go back and make repairs to his city. Then the blessing was doubled when the king supplied all the materials and labor to do so. (Nehemiah 1 & 2) 

The bible has a great deal to say about fasting and praying. Here we also can see examples of people who fasted: Moses fasted on Mount Sinai when he received the Law (Exodus 34:28); the men of Ninevah fasted in response to a message delivered by Jonah (Jonah 3:5); David fasted when he heard that Saul and Jonathan had been killed (2 Samuel 1:12); Anna worshiped in the temple day and night, fasting and praying (Luke 2:37); Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights before he was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-11). These are just a few examples. They all fasted for different reasons and in different ways. This all to say that the reason and the approach can be different, but the outcome will be the same – to break strongholds, free people and to achieve a certain level of closeness to God that could not be achieved any other way!

You may be thinking that prayer and fasting is so antiquated and not really intended for today’s believer, but that is so far from the truth! Praying and fasting is for today, now more than ever! There are certain prayers that need that extra push that comes from fasting. There is great power in the combination of both. You see in Mark 9, where a boy was brought before the disciples. The boy was epileptic and demonically possessed and the disciples prayed for the boy to be healed, but to no avail. When the disciples brought the boy to Jesus, he was healed! They asked him why was it that when they prayed they were not able to heal the boy. Jesus’ responded, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29).  As you can see, even Jesus attests to the power of prayer and fasting.  It is like unleashing a spiritual bomb on those strongholds of evil and makes a way for the Lord to do a revival in our lives.

On August 13th, our church will embark on another journey of prayer and fasting. When we did this at the beginning of the year, we were able to see a miraculous shift in our church, such as attendance and giving increasing from the prior year.  Personally, I was able to see awesome changes and breakthroughs in my own life and family that I believe were brought on through prayer and fasting, along with Celebrate Recovery.  So we encourage you to join us during these 21 days as we pray again for our church, our city, and our nation. When we take our eyes off of our personal circumstances and the things of this world and pray and fast, we will be able to focus better on Christ and those things that He would have us focus on.  In the process, we will achieve a more intimate closeness to God.

For more information on our 21 Day Fast, please visit: calvaryconnect.com/fasting



Clari Necuze






Kevin Earle commented on 13-Aug-2017 03:21 PM
Thank you Clari for this article on fasting very insightful and inspiring article.

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