The Fullness in Fasting
It’s the 17th day of the year and I’m on Day 17 of my 21 day Daniel Fast. The first question I always get when anyone finds out I’m fasting is “Who is Daniel ?” Daniel was the only man in history who was thrown into a Lion’s den and lived. He was a faithful man of God and when, as a prisoner, he was given the option to indulge in fine wine and Egyptian meats and bread, he and his friends chose instead to stay faithful to God and eat only fruit and vegetables. After being tested for 10 days to see if they’d be as strong as the other enslaved Israelites, it was proven that they were in fact stronger. Thus the 10-21 Day Daniel Fast was born in which modern day Christians sacrifice their love for cheesy bread and chicken wings for a cleaner alternative of veggies and whole grains.
This is just one of the many ways that you can fast. There are liquid fasts, three day fasts, even fasting 24 hours. However you do it, the point is to abstain from food, having faith in God to sustain you. Having fasted plenty of times in many different ways, I know this to be true. Some things to expect during fasting are feeling lightheaded, muscle weakness, and muscle cramps, some crankiness, and a bit of nausea. I know that you are probably thinking that this sounds awful and you wouldn’t want to do that, but I promise you: faith in God can move mountains, and some prayer can get you through it !
Prayer and fasting can lead to some amazing breakthroughs in your life. There is a fullness that God gives you when you’re fasting that covers all your needs. I think Jesus said it best when He quoted the OT, “Man can not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” When you’ve given up the time you usually spend to eat and are in God’s word instead, with prayer and a heart ready to receive, God will reveal Himself to you in ways you haven’t experienced before.
Time and time again as you read you’re bible you will see “fasting along with prayer”, “prayer and fasting”, before any major decision or movement in the bible, the people of God gave themselves completely over to God in the act of denying themselves any other sustenance aside from time with God. Fasting along with prayer is so crucial to your walk with God. The hunger you feel can be a physical reminder of your need for a provider, and the only one who can fully sustain you is Jesus.
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 NIV