A man once fasted for two full days… choosing to spend forty-eight hours without any type of food whatsoever. At the end of that time, his first meal was a steaming hot bowl of fresh soup. He closed his eyes as he sipped the delicious broth… letting each spoonful bathe his tongue in savory goodness. After eating to the bottom of the bowl, he told a friend “Prior to my fasting experience, I would have eaten the soup without any awareness of its flavor, texture or taste. After the fast, it was as if every spoonful was like eating from an entire banquet!”
Fasting is an important discipline in the life of the believer. It’s simply putting aside something that we are accustomed to doing so that we can focus on prayer and our walk with God. When we feel the urge to eat… we pray. When we really want to check our phones… we spend quality time with God. Fasting cleanses the soul from distractions and challenges us to zero in on what God is trying to tell us.
Joel 2:12 says, “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;”
When we give up something for a little while, it allows us to focus on God and become more acutely aware of His presence. The spiritual clarity that comes with (and after) a fast allows us to notice things we never did before about ourselves and our relationship with Christ. It’s a spiritual reset like no other… and one that’s designed to bring us closer to Him. Have you ever fasted from something that required sacrifice? Take some time today and seek God’s recommendation as to what to give up in a fast. Then be bold enough to put it aside for a while. God wants to whisper something to your heart… it’s time to take a break from what is distracting you from hearing it.