I would rather be hungry for God than fattened by the devil with the pleasures of this world.
It was only last year that I discovered the glorious power and enriching grace that is found through the practice of fasting. The Lord convicted me in the quiet place to enter into a forty-day fast, yet countless times throughout the fast I found myself questioning the purpose of the fast. Why had I decide to give up such pleasures as social media and meat? What fruit is this actually reaping? How can I measure the results? My passion began to dwindle as temptation turned into compromise after compromise, breaking the fast and feeling inadequate. After ending this fast, God spoke to me with such volume as to what the PURPOSE of fasting was designed for.
Fasting is never about how faithfully we abstain from food, but rather how faithfully God breaks into our weakness if we will only give Him the chance. Fasting is voluntary and chosen weakness from a person that desires to invoke the strength and power of God. I am going to argue that fasting is the design and mold of God’s most explosive weapon for the present age.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”(2 Corinthians 12:9)
God could easily use the grandest of weapons to orchestrate His plan to bring the great and awesome day of the Lord. (Malachi 4) The Lord could’ve decided to bring forth another great world-changing miracle and sign like with Noah to initiate the Second Coming of Jesus. God could’ve decided to restructure and implement high ruling kings as authority. God could’ve even chosen a military siege from the heavens on the earth to bring forth the great and awesome day of His return!
Instead, God decided to use the desperate cry of an empty, weak man or woman agonized with a desire to see the Lord come and shift the spiritual atmosphere. God chose YOU, in your brokenness and hurt, as the designated crisis intervention force to bring forth the next great spiritual worldwide awakening...through FASTING! Fasting forces our naturally inclined pride to submit in humility to the truth and reality of Psalm 16 and John 15:5.
“I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” (Psalm 16)
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” (John 15:5)
The key to fasting and receiving access to God’s atmospheric weapon is to understand one simple revelation. A call to fast is not a call to perfection. Our flesh will fail, yet God is a God truly full of grace. (Psalm 73:26) If we truly believe that God is a God abundant in grace (1 Timothy 1:14), then what is stopping us from engaging with this divine strategy of the Lord?