5 Biblical Benefits of Fasting

You may have heard the saying, "You are only as strong as your prayer life." It's true that talking to God regularly is essential to our walk with Him. But there's also a necessary companion to prayer: fasting. 

When we abstain from food, an activity, or other practice, we deny our flesh and feed our spirit. That's why this Wednesday, as a church, we will take on a water-only fast from 4 p.m. March 16 to 4 p.m. March 17. Here are 5 biblical benefits of fasting to consider as Wednesday approaches:

1. Fasting helps us hear from God.

Eliminating distractions and carnal desires diverts your focus and attention to more spiritual matters. Adding Bible reading and meditation time to your fast will put you more in tune with God.

2. Fasting restores.

Though you may grow physically weary during a fast, you are strengthening your spirit man like nothing else can. Like an athlete trains for a big game, this time will build you up and restore any spiritual blows you've been dealt recently.

3. Fasting enhances our worship.

Like prayer, fasting is a form of worship. You should not do it out of a requirement or fulfilling a duty as a Christian. But rather, see fasting as your praise to God—acknowledging that His way is best and that you desire to yield your day-to-day life to Him. It is a form of humility, which God desires to see from us.

4. Fasting cleanses.

Imagine wearing the same clothes for months and never bathing. Eventually, you'd be a dirty, smelly mess, likely to the point that it's unbearable. The same is true for our mind and hearts when we are in this world day in and day out. What we eat, watch, listen to, read, click online—the "junk" we consume adds up and can draw us away from God if we're not careful. Fasting is the shower we all need to get rid of anything that may be obstructing our connection with Christ.

5. Fasting is powerful.

Yes, a devoted prayer life is key to the life of any believer. But fasting without prayer is like an engine with no oil. It will work, but to work as inteded, you need both. Isaiah 58:6 says, “Is not this the fast that I choose, to loose the bonds of wickedness,  to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?"

Do you have bonds in your life that need to be broken? Are you in need of divine intervention that only God can bring? Deny your flesh and draw closer to Him in fasting and prayer.