Daily Devotional: 9/16/2011 – “Fasting and Our Decision-Making”

One of the things that I find most confusing about the Christian life is how many of believers have never (or rarely) fast.  I don’t say this from some attitude of superiority, but just of bewilderment.  I definitely understand that there are some who shouldn’t fast or have a limited fast due to medical illnesses or pregnancy, yet there are many who don’t fit in those categories who have turned a blind eye to this important spiritual discipline.

There have been so many believers that have dealt with sadness and wish for God’s direction, yet they don’t fast.  Many are facing large decisions that will impact their future for many years to come, yet they don’t fast before making that decision.  Many claim they want a closer and intimate walk with God, but neglect one of the main avenues that believers have walked down for thousands of years….the journey of fasting.

I have heard it said that fasting was an “Old Testament thing” and today’s believers who live in salvation through Jesus have no need to fast.  The early church would disagree.   Let’s look at a few passages from the Book of Acts:

Acts 13: 1-3

1 “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

Acts 14: 21-23

21 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.”

We see in these passages the spiritual discipline of fasting and praying had been transferred over from their Jewish faith to their Christian lifestyle.  God still honors, rewards, hears, provides for, and protects those who fast.  May we take Him up on this offer and draw closer to the One who can satisfy us like no other.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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