Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
What is fasting? Why is it important? How should we do it?
Let me break it down quickly and simply and then give you a challenge that if you complete you will agree that an increase of God’s presence will come from the fast.
First – What is fasting? Fasting, very simply put, is pushing away food to and using the time you would have used to eat to pray instead. You are denying your flesh something that it craves (food) and instead feeding your spirit (Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”)
Second – What is it important? By placing God above your flesh and hungering after his presence more than food for your fleshly body, you position yourself into a deeper place (spiritually) to hear the voice of God and have His power move through you in a more powerful way!
Third – How should we do it? There are many ways and approaches to fasting. Jesus fasted 40 days in the wilderness, but let me say that you attempt this without even trying a meal, your body will go into shock and it will not be a good, healthy experience.
Here are a few ways to try and CHALLENGE yourself.
1) If you have never fasted, just try one meal. Make sure that when you have taken the step to not eat that you pray or read the word of God, otherwise it may not do much.
2) Try fasting for 1-2 days. Spend these days in a prayerful mindset seeking God. When you do this, you will notice and hear God’s voice in a more precise and clear way – UNDENIABLY:)
3) I am sure that if you do these challenges that you will crave to fast more. If you are going on a fast for the first time remember to: a) Drink LOTS of water. Whenever you get hungry, just drink water – it’s your new best friend. b) Be sensitive to your body. If you are getting light headed or feeling like you are going to pass out you may be pushing it too hard. Don’t be “superspiritual” about it, pray and be WISE.
Try it…write me! Let me know the praise reports!
– Posted by Pastor Aaron Bagwell using WordPress from the iPad – http://www.aaronbagwell.org