Prayer and Fasting during a crisis:
It was the common practise of the Pharisees and John the Baptist to fast (Mk 2:18). Some people came and asked Christ why His disciples did not fast. He replied:
“How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while He is with them? They cannot, so long as they have Him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and on that day they will fast,” Mark 2:19-20.
This past week eldership asked us to fast Tues, Wed and Thurs, after breakfast through to just before evening dinner. This is for a purpose. We are seeking God for a breakthrough of our church finances and growth of the church, something that obviously fits with the will of the Lord. Physically, fasting is an uncomfortable process. Our stomach keeps telling our brain, “I’m hungry, feed me.” But this feeling is also a great prompting for us to pray. When we resist the desire to feed ourselves and make us feel comfortable, our focus on our prayer life becomes sharpened. We become attuned to the Spirit. Jesus says, “My power is made perfect in weakness,” 2 Co 12:9.
If you haven’t already, can I please encourage you to start fasting Tues, Wed, Thurs this week. Don’t eat, just drink. If you have a medical condition and need to eat, then eat boring food, like dry toast or bread without spreads. The point of fasting is to feel the physical loss in your body, which then attunes us toward God to sustain us.
If Jesus could fast for 40 days while He resisted Satan’s attempts to destroy His mission, we can fast for 3-day stints to resist Satan’s attempts to destroy God’s church. After the temptation of Jesus, He began to preach and build His church. Are you in?