5 Spiritual Habits that will Transform your Life - Fasting

Day 6

When you think of “fasting,” what comes to mind? 


Maybe you envision people willingly starving themselves. Maybe you picture a monk living off of dry bread. Or maybe you’re someone who prefers not to think about fasting … ever. 

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting. And based on His conversations with His disciples, fasting was a practice He assumed they would practice as well. 

But intentionally creating space in our lives to hear God by removing things that give us immediate satisfaction can feel uncomfortable—especially when our world glorifies pleasure.

Here are 3 reasons why fasting matters: 

Fasting starves what is stopping us from experiencing God’s presence. It forces us to pay attention to the parts of our lives that we try to drown out through late night binges and social media scrolls. And in the process, it teaches us to rely on Jesus to meet our needs.

Fasting invites us to give up something we love, to make space for something we love even more. Although giving up something you love, like food, may feel difficult and uncomfortable, it is actually an opportunity to experience great joy, because true joy is only found when our strength comes from Jesus. 

Fasting often comes before breakthrough. Moses fasted for 40 days while receiving the 10 Commandments, Daniel fasted for 3 weeks and then received a vision, and Jesus fasted for 40 days and then overcame the devil’s temptations. In each of these cases, God provided clarity, strength, and breakthrough on the other side of faithful sacrifice.  

Take Action: Try completing a 24 hour fast. If you haven’t fasted often, keep this exercise simple—the goal here is to finish. If you start to feel weary during your fast, turn that weariness into an opportunity to talk to God and listen to Him. Once you’ve finished the fast, write down anything that stood out to you during this time.

Read: Matthew 6:16-18

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