Scripture: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” (1 Cor. 10:31 NIV).
Fasting is extremely valuable and it’s an important facet of the Christian lifestyle. It requires both discipline and sacrifice. The purpose of fasting is to give up something in order to gain a greater purpose. When making the decision to fast we’re committing to sacrificing our fleshly desires in order to obtain something of great value.
Fasting and praying allow us to give God more of our time. Many Christians fast in order to develop a richer relationship with God. By taking our focus off worldly pleasures and refocusing our thoughts on godly things, we’re able to develop a closeness to Him. The goal is to seek His will, to know more of His ways, and to discover the desires of His heart. Spending time alone with God, praying and talking with Him, is time well spent.
In the first chapter of The Book of Daniel, while in captivity in Babylon, Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (a.k.a. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), made a commitment to deny themselves of King Nebuchadnezzar’s delicacies. Daniel’s first sign of faithfulness to God was when he and his friends rejected the rich food and wine from the king’s table. They deemed it a defilement and they chose to eat vegetables and drink water for ten days, hence the term “fasting.”
At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier and well-nourished. Their appearance was better than any of the young men who ate the royal food; (v.15). They were permitted to continue with their chosen diet. Their success can be attributed to exercising discipline, being dedicated, remaining obedient, and keeping their commitment to God. In turn, God gave them wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning, setting them apart from their peers.
There are multiple ways of fasting, abstaining from certain foods is the most common. Whether we’re abstaining from our favorite foods, giving up hours of posting on social media or binge-watching popular shows, in exchange for reading the Bible, serving on a ministry at church, or volunteering at a local food pantry. When we choose to use our time for kingdom building, we develop spiritual maturity. Take time to reflect and grow in wisdom and knowledge of the holy things of God. Tending to things that are needful and fruitful gives us a sense of wholeness and makes a healthier and brighter lifestyle. As you seek God’s will, may you prosper and succeed in every area of your life.
Bountiful blessings from me to you!