biblical purpose of fasting
Before reading this, I genuinely urge you to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read it. The power of the Holy Spirit reveals to you the Truth of God’s WORD.
Whenever I was younger, and even until last December 2020, I did not understand the purpose of fasting biblically. I have read about fasting and heard about people doing it, but I did not understand why people fasted.
Why did we have to fast food? Or even watching television? It did not dawn on me, nor to be honest, was it explained what fasting indeed did for a child of God.
As I began fasting this year, I believe the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the truth of fasting. This is coming from the book of Isaiah 58 NIV.
Here’s a part of the chapter that stuck out to me:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?”
This post is about the biblical purpose of fasting
So what is the purpose of fasting? To basically see the condition of where our heart stands. It is to draw near to God. This is the time where He fills you with His love, spends time in His Word, and where you talk about things. Plain and simple. When we are far away from God, whether it is being busy at work or with something else, we sometimes place these things before God. God is a quality time God; He desires our obedience, and He desires that quality time with us.
Sometimes when you are sometimes far away from God, it could also be due to being overinvolved with things that are not really important. If you have found yourself being on social media or binging on a tv show for a long time, not saying that these are bad. Still, if they have led you to forget to spend time with God, then yea, that is idolatry.
This is, again, not to say that you should not see so and so online, and even entertain yourself with Marvel or documentaries. Spending time with God is much more important than watching these things because they don’t fill you up, nor do they nourish you spiritually.
The Purpose Of Fasting
So fasting breaks off chains such as addiction, enslavement to routines, practices, and things that draw you away from God, which are all sins that need to be repented and turned away from.
God desires you to draw close to Him. Still, suppose you consider anything in your life to be more important than spending time with God, listening to the WORD of GOD. In that case, you are heading to idolatry.
Drawing close to God requires boundaries and limitations of certain things. Everything we need to do and do on a daily basis should glorify GOD.
Fasting breaks distractions and the sinful things that hold you. The only you should hold on to is God’s Love and His Word. This does not mean you should quit many items in your life, but it may be necessary. Every good thing comes from God, but don’t let what you hold on becoming your idol.
Purpose of Fasting Requires Separation From Something…Sometimes For Good
If God takes away something from your life, just know it’s more so for you to draw near to Him. If you remember reading Ezekiel (chapter 24, beginning verse 15 and so forth) and how the Lord brought death to His wife. When I read it, it was heartbreaking.
But one thing is sure, the Lord gives, but He also takes away. Nothing on this earth should be what we seek, only the Kingdom and the righteousness of God. God gives us good things, but if our pursuit is more so for those things or people than it is for GOD, then you might see a shift in your life. Don’t be surprised if you do.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV via biblegateway
God does not do this out of spite but out of love. Why? Because if you placed your trust and love so deeply into a person or something, and you have forsaken God, then yea, that person or thing would also be taken away. Sometimes, it is also due to God bringing you to another season where that person or thing cannot be there.
“Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way, you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly He will appear as your righteousness, as sure as the dawning of a new day. He will manifest as your justice, as sure and strong as the noonday sun.”-Psalm 37:5-6 TPT via bible gateway
So What To Do When You Need To Fast?
So if fasting is what you desire to do, to break off the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, ask the Holy Spirit for direction. And when the time comes for you to fast, He will reveal to you how many days you may need to fast and what you may need to fast from.
Again, the primary purpose of fasting is to seek God, pursue God, delight in God, and draw you near Him. Second, it is the break off the injustice of the demonic, demonic strongholds over you. The third is to really dig into the word of God. Fourth is prayer, using the word with the declaration. However long the Lord desires you to fast, you may need to fast for the long. Believe me, your eyes will open! Have faith!
“Receive this truth: Whatever you forbid on earth will be considered to be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven.” – Matthew 18:18 TPT via bible gateway.
I would also like to note:
“When you fast, don’t look gloomy and pretend to be spiritual. They want everyone to know they’re fasting, so they appear in public looking miserable and disheveled. Believe me, they’ve already received their reward. When you fast, don’t let it be obvious, but instead, wash your face and groom yourself and realize that your Father in the secret place is the one who is watching all that you do in secret and will continue to reward you.” – Matthew 6:16-18 TPT
Do not publicize your fast and make people think that it is horrible. Fasting should not be a terrible thing but an essential part of our Christian walk to draw near to God.
Jesus Christ also fasted!
Just like Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit led Him into the desert to fast for 40 days. After those days, the enemy tempted Him, at his weakest when Jesus was extremely hungry. He had to fast for 40 days so that He could be prepared for what’s to come, continually drawing close to God, and resist the devil. But even through the fasting, Jesus Christ has even given us biblical verses to combat the enemy’s lies as we also fast.
“Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word that constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.” – Matthew 4:5 TPT
Even through your fasting time, the enemy might tempt you with thoughts and attacks, but stand firm on God, and He will bring you out of it with power, love, and sound of mind.
Now, will God be angry if you failed? No! Of course not. But remember that God is greater than your failures. His lovingkindness is better than life. His mercies are abundant and everlasting. Never forget that sister/brother in Christ.
“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me.” Psalm 120:1 NIV
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 NIV
I hope this post blessed you!
Until Next Time.