Benefits Of Fasting
Fasting can weaken our flesh and make our prayers more powerful. It can cause our prayers and our activities to be more in line with God*s will. It can make the power of God rest upon us.2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Matthew 17:21: Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.1 John 5:14: And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
I believe that our relationship with the Lord is strongest in the morning. I believe that is so because we have not fed our flesh during the night. Sometimes when I am able to delay my breakfast an extra hour or two I get more done for the Lord and He does more work on me. I believe breakfast is a word with Christian roots. It is the time when we break a fast, it ends a natural fast. I have the notion that while our flesh needs rest, our new natures do not. While our flesh is asleep our new nature has less opposition and is more active. We could win a lot more battles if our enemies all slept at night but we did not. As a rule, the Lord teaches me far more truth at night and in the morning than during other times of the day.Job 35:10: But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; Psalms 42:8: Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
The God of my life! That phrase is worth thousands of sermons, articles, books, poems and songs. Can I call Him the God of my life? Can you?Psalms 77:6: I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search. Psalms 149:5: Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psalms 17:15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
That phrase speaks primarily about awaking with His likeness in glory but I also believe that Christians are a little more like Him in the morning.Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
John 4:34: Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.Job 23:1: Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Have I *esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food?* Have you? We can deprive our flesh in ways other than just fasting about food. We can *esteem the words of His mouth* more than some other things. When my flesh wants to sit in my easy chair, I can keep my flesh under by getting out of the easy chair and moving around. We can discipline our flesh in ways that will produce spiritual AND physical benefit. It happens automatically at night but we have to plan that sort of thing and commit to it in the daytime. I know someone who lost a lot of weight by learning how to feel it when she was hungry. She would not eat until she was hungry and she learned to stop eating when her hunger stopped. We can be helped by listening to our stomach for genuine hunger, rather than our taste buds and cravings. At night my cravings and taste buds stop trying to control me.