Fasting has been described as abstinence from food most especially as a religious observance in the dictionary. The religious activity of fasting has been practiced long in Christiandom yet many still are confused or not convinced as to:
• the reasons.
• how, and
• when.
Fasting is very important in the growth of a Christian to meet up with God’s standards but it should be noted here that our prayers and fasting DOES NOT reinforce God, He’s Omnipotent without our help.
Fasting makes man attuned to God, and not God attuned to man. When we fast, we deny ourselves of our fleshy benefits and since food is seen as paramount to man; it is seen that if attention could be taken away from food, it could help us refocus on God.
Fasting is like the changing the direction of a satellite dish from an angle and beaming it on just one very important focus. That focus is God.
God is Omnipresent, but there comes a time when we need some quiet time with Him alone, no wonder the psalmist says “HE leads me besides the still [quiet] waters”.
1. It is abstinence from food. The issue of taking water or not is very important.
2. It is not fixed either in days or time. When we fast, we do it for a reason or reasons.
3. It is denial from self to God. When we fast, we tend to shift attention from those things we love most to God so as be in consonance with him. It produces a resonant effect.
It is wrong to occupy oneself with other things like watching movies, reading novel, or playing games because we aren’t eating in the name of fasting.
4. Fasting is not a bribe to God. When you fast, you need more focus on God, his styles and signals. So, bear it in mind that it’s not a guarantee for answered prayers.
5. You must be productive spiritually. Fasting is a spiritual exercise and it must come with a result most especially in the form of learning something new about God. It could be hearing His voice, understanding His ways, empowerment from Him etc. if these are not seen, bro you’d better continue your meal.