Day One, Fasting Update: How did everyone do today? I took a nap! That was different–but that's also part of being a bit gentler on ourselves during a fast.
WHY does God choose fasting to accomplish His purposes through us? It's a great want to get our flesh under control, but there are at least a dozen–here are a few of them, with accompanying scriptures:
1. To Overcome the Flesh (humble ourselves). Sometimes I've heard people pray, “Oh, humble us, Lord.” WE are the ones who are supposed to humble ourselves (1 Peter 5:6-7). “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Ps. 35:13).
2. Greater Awareness of God's Presence. Jesus said, “But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days” (Luke 5:35).
3. To Receive Spiritual Direction. “And as THEY MINISTERED TO THE LORD and fasted, the Holy spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13: 2-3).
QUESTION: What is ministering to the Lord? How do you minister to the Lord?