“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” (Daniel 9:3)
Daniel sought the Lord God in fasting. His eyes were fixed and his faith was firm. Daniel is not the only character in the Bible who fasted; just to mention a few: Moses, David, Elijah, Ester, Anna, Paul, and Jesus our Savior.
Fasting is a spiritual discipline lost today. This was an expected discipline in both Old and New Testament times. Jesus said to his followers in Matthew 6:16, “when you fast,” not “if you fast.” In Matthew 9 the disciples of John were perplexed at why Jesus’ disciples did not fast. Jesus responds “...The days will come when the Bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.” The Bridegroom was in their midst, it was a time of feasting not fasting! Recently going through the wedding process, Brandy and I saw a trend of brides dieting before their big day. Just as a bride may deny food in order to be at her very best before her groom, we as the bride of Christ must continuously prepare for the day we are joined with our groom. We must consistently deny ourselves of the things wedged between us and our Jesus.
Fasting has humbled me as it did David. (Psalm 69:10, Psalm 109:24) It always reminds me of my ungrateful heart. My prayer through fasting is that I would never lose the wonder of God’s grace and provision in my life. I see that I so desperately need Jesus more than anything!
Today, pray for the Lord to direct your heart as to when and how to fast. Center your days around praying and express in worship that God is your everything.