Spiritual Benefits of Fasting
The spiritual benefits of fasting are a feature of the Believer’s life. The world, in recent years, has gotten very interested in fasting. Nevertheless, for thousand of years fasting has been a foundation practice of the people of God.
Fasting of the secular world is not the same for Christians. As a matter of fact, the two follow contrasting practices; consequently, only Christians will experience spiritual benefits of fasting.
The physiological benefits of fasting are well documented. Here we will turn our focus to the spiritual benefits of a Believer’s fast. Many, and possibly all, the benefits of a Christian fast are not visible to the eyes because they are spiritual by nature. However, the spiritual benefits of fasting are far-reaching and affect all areas of a Believer’s life.
I have observed that some of the most powerful Biblical characters were “prayer warriors” and either went on frequent or extended fasts. Chief among them is Christ, but we will not discuss him today. The Apostle Paul, Daniel and Moses are prominently from this group.
Daniel resolved to understand the seventy years of the desolations of Jerusalem, which the prophet Jeremiah wrote about. Therefore, he decided to seek God by prayer and fasting, subsequently, he put his body under subjection for twenty-one days by fasting. From this fasting we have the popular misunderstood fast, The Daniel Fast, Daniel 10:2-3.
Spiritual Benefits of Fasting – Understanding From Heaven
Daniel’s decision to humble his soul by prayer and fasting was for understanding of Jeremiah’s writings. His desire was to grasp the timeline of the prophet’s writing especially the seventy years of desolations of Jerusalem, (Daniel 9:1-27).
During prayer God spoke to Daniel and inform him He was going to give him “skill and understanding” in deciphering Jeremiah’s prophecies, Daniel 9:22.
Two years later Daniel had a vision and understood it. He had his vision three days after his famous twenty one days Fasting, (Daniel 10:1; Daniel 10:4).
The time of the authorship of the Book of Daniel is uncertain. Bible scholars, however, agree it may have been written about 607 B.C. However, regardless of when it was written since then many Bible scholars have attempted to explain Daniel’s dreams. So profound was his understanding of what God was doing that many are still grappling with it. No doubt because he humbled his soul with prayer and fasting, it made him such a powerful man of God.
The impact of Daniel’s understanding of this prophecy and his writings are so profound and complete that it is worthy of mention by Jesus, (Matthew 24:15; Mark 13:14 and Luke 21:20-22).
Moses fasted forty days and forty nights on the top of Mount Sinai, Exodus 24:18. There the Lord expounded His laws, statutes and judgment to him during which time he wrote them. When he was, finished writing the Lord’s dictates the Lord wrote the Covenant on two tablets of stone and gave them to Moses.
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When Moses left the presence of God, he was different. His face was radiant and shone for days. He had to cover his face when he dealt with his people. The covenant Moses got from God during his extended fast is still with us today.
Other Spiritual Benefits of Christian Fasting
Finally, fasting is a prerequisite to do great works for God. One cannot compute the spiritual benefits of Christian fasting because of its nature. The Apostle Paul a former persecutor of the Church never did a much long fasting but he fasted frequently and fervently. Apostle Paul’s life adequately explains the spiritual benefits of fasting. He did marvelous exploits in the name of the Lord Jesus and we have his writings as testimony.
Other spiritual benefits of Christian fasting include:
- Fasting facilitates repentance; before the fast and during the fast.
- Fasting motivates confession of sins, 1 Samuel 7:6.
- Fasting also motivates knowing God’s will and promotes its acceptance, 2 Samuel 12:22-28.
- Fasting motivates a need to seek God, Ezra 8:21.
- Fasting motivates a resolve, which is totally dependent on God, Esther 4:16.
- Fasting teaches self-control and discipline, Psalm 35:13.
- Fasting is the means by which we serve God by faith, Luke 2:37.
- Fasting births a kind of faith in God which is obtain by no other means but by fasting and prayer, Matthew 17:21;Mark 9:29.
- Fasting produces powerful Believers like Stephen “full of faith and power”, Acts 6:8.
Similar to how you cannot measure how happy you are one cannot measure the spiritual benefits of fasting because the spiritual benefits of fasting are invisible to others and yourself. People don’t see the actual spiritual benefits of fasting but they see how a Believer’s life manifests those spiritual benefits.
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In closing, how a Believer resists a certain temptation is possible because he fasted, he humbled his soul. This does not manifest for us to see internally how he resisted but we know he did not yield. The Spiritual benefits of fasting are life changing. I encourage you to fast and change your life forever.
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Further Reading(s) on fasting:
- :- How Long Should Believer Fast? Forty Days or One Day?
- Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough: A Guide to Nine Biblical Fasts
- :- How To Do A Christian Fast
- Christian fasting is primarily for spiritual benefits and purposes.
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- Christian Fasting
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