It is rising in my spirit like a quiet unwelcomed intruder, but I hear it. I know what I have to do. God is calling me to fast. What is fasting? Fasting is the voluntary abstinence from food for spiritual purposes. I have fasted before and it's not fun. The results are wonderful but the process is painful. Like you, I like to eat. I like to be full. I like to nourish my body. But sometimes you have to do what is unpleasant. I think I need to fast. Here's what Jesus said.
- Jesus said His followers will fast. In Mark 2:20 he explained that after He left planet earth His followers would fast.
- Jesus said His followers must fast. When the disciples were unable to cast the demon out of the boy. They asked Jesus, "Why?" He explained that extra tough situations require prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).
Would you pray for me that I'd be obedient to this difficult assignment?
Maybe you are in a dire situation and perhaps you too should consider this spiritual discipline.