Why We Must Fast
Our world is in a crisis, and in need of the Lord. God says that He will heal our land, but in order for us to commit ourselves to His will: fasting is essential. If you’re new to fasting or just want to understand more, please read our post below.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land“ – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)
Today, the need for prayer and fasting is more important than ever. We are besieged by disease, political strife, violence, injustice, immorality. If we are to hear from God, then prayer, fasting, and consecration is necessary in order to bring us closer to Him.
To Pray means to speak to God; it is an act of worship.
To Consecrate means to make holy or to dedicate to a higher purpose.
To Fast means to limit certain foods, practices, and habits in order to focus on God.
WHY WE FAST
When we fast, pray, and consecrate ourselves, we do so in order to:
- cleanse our bodies of worldly, unhealthy influences
- spend time with God,
- develop discipline, and
- prepare ourselves for use for God’s purpose.
These disciplines help to lead us to the physical conditions God wanted for us when He created Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:29). It helps us to manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24), and to develop optimum spiritual, mental, and physical functionality (Daniel 1:18-20). As a result, He blesses us with attributes such as:
- heightened awareness
- mental transformation
- peace, and
Sacrificing for God brings His people unparalleled clarity and connection to Him. Prayer, fasting, and consecration inspire us to use moderation as a lifestyle, and to break the yoke of bondage to unhealthy habits. Most importantly, they allow us to maintain a clearer connection with God as He calls us to carry out His will on earth. FOR FURTHER READING: Genesis 1:29, Exodus 34:28, Leviticus 20:7, Esther 4:16, Joel 2:12-13, Daniel 1:8-14, 10:3; Matthew 6:16-18, 33; Luke 4:2-4. 18:12; Acts 13:2, 14:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5, Galatians 5:16-25.