Matthew 6:18

That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Fasting seems like such a super spiritual thing to do. It seems like something only guys in robes, carrying staffs, who have long flowing gray beards do, right? Wrong. It is weak and broken individuals who practice the art of fasting which brings good people who think they are bad to a special place with God.

God is not the God of bad people who think they are good, but good people who think they are bad. Fasting brings you to an awareness of where you stand with God. It lets God know, “Lord, I’m really serious about what I need.”

I like what Mark Batterson wrote about fasting in his book, If:

“When I look in the rearview mirror, it’s amazing how many defining moments trace back to seasons of fasting. It was a forty-day media fast that netted my first book. It was a ten-day Daniel fast that led to the miraculous purchase of our Capitol Hill campus. During a twenty-one-day New Year’s fast, a $1 million gift to National Community Church came out of nowhere. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. I wasn’t fasting unto a book, unto a campus, or unto $1 million. I was fasting unto God, and God leaned in.”

If you need an answer, if you need to hear from God, if you are needing something for your children, if you are needing something for a spouse, if you are needing a better connection with God, then try fasting.

When you fast, just try to keep it between you and God. I remember I went on a media fast with a best friend a long time ago. We decided to stay away from entertainment for a week, and instead use that time to read the Message or the Bible. After the week was over, I realized how much time I spent entertaining myself with things that brought me no closer to God, and how much I stayed away from the things I was so thirsty for.

If there is something you need, try fasting. You might just find God leaning in a little bit more.

59-0412E - “What Hearest Thou, Elijah?”

What we fail to see is to listen to that still small Voice that speaks to us, then wrap ourself in His righteousness, and walk out saying, "Lord God, did You speak to me? Does it mean me, O Lord? I am here tonight; I'm sick; I'm needy. Oh, if I could've only stood on Mount Carmel and seen Elijah, after all that fasting and prayer, bring down that fire from heaven, bring down a sign out of the heaven and prove that You were still God, the God that's with the Hebrew children in the fiery furnace. The God that was in the burning bush with Moses, that same God was here on Mount Carmel. If I could see You do that, or do as You did when you was manifested in flesh here on earth, I'd worship You with all my heart." Then you'll hear God speak to you when you do that.

Read the Bible in 1 year:

Psalms 120-132