“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes..” as it proclaims in Isaiah 54:2! We need to “make room” for God in our lives!
There are some fundamental principles that God has put in place to enhance our relationship with Him and to benefit us in our spiritual walk. A powerful, effective way that we can “make room” for God is by honoring Him with fasting. When you eliminate food, your spirit becomes uncluttered. You become “tuned in” to the things of God.
Some may say this is “old fashioned” but God is challenging us to go back to basics. Most modern-day Christians do not practice fasting. But fasting was an expected discipline in both the Old and New Testament times. For example, Moses fasted at least two recorded forty-day periods. Jesus fasted forty days and reminded His followers to fast, “when the bridegroom is taken from them.” The bridegroom, as we know, is Jesus. Jesus was taken from us when He went to be at the right hand of the Father.
(14) “Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisee’s fast oft, but thy disciples fast not?
(15) And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.”
There are medical issues that can be complicated by fasting. God isn’t going to ask you to do anything that would endanger your well-being. We should always use wisdom and discuss plans to fast with our doctor. There are different types of fasts that can start getting our bodies accustomed to fasting. Never throw your body into something you know you cannot handle. If you are unable to fast food for medical reasons, don’t feel left out! Ask God what an acceptable sacrifice would be to Him. You could fast internet, TV, or magazines in exchange for time spent with Him.
Types of Fasts
There are four (4) basic kinds of fasts in Word of God.
Normal Fast = going without food for a definite period, in which you ingest liquids (water or juice) only.
Absolute Fast = No food, no water at all. The body can only do this for three (3) days without supernatural intervention. (Moses- 40 days) Use wisdom!
Partial Fast = omits certain foods or on a schedule that included limited eating. May consist of omitting one meal a day; eating only vegetables, etc.
- Elijah, at least two times
- John the Baptist
Rational Fast = Eating or omitting certain families of foods for designated periods. (E.g., grains every fourth day)
Worship, not Ritual
Fasting is a dynamic part of the believer’s life. Fasting is worship! We don’t proclaim it from the mountaintops like a Pharisee or use it in a spiritual competition. Fasting is a key that unlocks breakthrough, and prepares us for His presence. Fasting puts us “in tune” with Him.
“The word of the Lord Almighty came to me,
‘Ask all the people of the land and the priests
when you fasted and mourned in the
fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years,
was it really for me that you fasted?
The people fasted, but persisted in sinful mindsets, and gave no thought to what really pleased the Lord. They bragged about their fasting to get glory in man’s eyes, but went on to find pleasure and do what they felt like doing on their fasting days. Fasting was not meant to be that way, which was the reason why God asked ….”Was it really for me that you fasted?”
God did not accept their fasting, nor answer their prayers because all their masquerading wasn’t for Him. But we fast “in secret” as an act of worship! The Spirit will lead you – where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!
When we make room in our spiritual “tent” for God, He will certainly be faithful to fill us with His Presence. This month, we are pursuing His presence as we anticipate an outpouring of His Spirit on our lives that we have ever known! God has new things and new life for you! Join us as we make room for Jesus in our hearts, our minds and our bodies. Prepare ye the way of the Lord!