As a church, we are walking through a season of fasting for the Designed for Life Conference (DFL) this fall. Moving the Conference to JQH arena is a historical moment in the life of the church and if, as a church, we will fast and pray, we can be sure that God will help us! This season of fasting is also a great time for all of us to seek the Lord for personal victories in the areas of life that we need a supernatural victory.
Prayer itself is powerful, but when coupled with fasting we are drawn into a deeper intimacy with God and we see God work in the situations of our life in dramatic and supernaturally significant ways.
Typically, a fast involves abstaining from food and/or drink for a period of time and using the meal time to pray. Sometimes people choose to abstain from foods they enjoy or to give up certain activities they enjoy for the purpose of using that time to seek the Lord. Prayer itself is powerful, but when coupled with fasting we are drawn into a deeper intimacy with God and we see God work in the situations of our life in dramatic and supernaturally significant ways.
Here are some of the ways in which fasting makes a difference in our lives:
1. Fasting secures favor in certain situations.
There are times in life when we need a favorable response from people in our lives. We need God to give us supernatural favor with an employer, a coworker, a family member, a neighbor or even a friend. Like Nehemiah, who needed favor from God before he approached the King with a huge request (Nehemiah 1), we can fast and see God work to grant us favor.
2. Fasting can help us to know God’s will.
In Acts 13, while the church at Antioch was worshipping and fasting, God gave direction for the church to send Barnabas and Saul to spread the gospel starting in Cyprus. This mission introduced Christianity to the region, changing western civilization forever. The unveiling of God’s will for our lives and the empowerment to change generations lies in fasting and prayer.
3. Fasting gives us power in the spiritual realm.
In Matthew 17:21 (NASV) when Jesus’ disciples were unable to heal a demonized boy, the father brought his son to Jesus to be healed. Of course, Jesus healed the boy but later the disciples asked Jesus why they had not been able to heal the boy when they prayed. Jesus replied, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” There are some seasons, situations and circumstances when demonic forces are attacking you. Some of those battles can only be won by fasting and spending extended time in the presence of Lord.
4. Fasting brings healing.
Isaiah prophesied to the Israelites about the importance of fasting, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily” (Isaiah 58). God’s healing power at times comes to us as a result of fasting and prayer.
5. Fasting can prepare us for a new season in life.
Moses fasted before he received the Law, Jesus fasted before He began His ministry, Paul fasted and began a new season of ministry. This is one of the main reasons we are calling on the Lord for His help with the Designed for Life Conference – because transitioning from a church auditorium with 3,500 seats to an arena that seats 10,000 is a new season!
You will hear from the Lord when you lean in and listen.
6. Fasting gives us a greater awareness of the presence of God.
You will hear from the Lord when you lean in and listen. Fasting has a way of quieting our heart and helping us to experience the presence of the One who loves us more than we can imagine and delights in working in our lives.