“Moreover when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites with a sad countenance: For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” - Matt. 6:16
Fasting was done by Jesus and by His disciples. The saints, it is recorded in the Old Testament, fasted. The first Christians fasted, and we should fast as a requirement of the Lord. He did not say “if you fast”, but “when you fast”.
Fasting is abstaining from eating, not drinking. Jesus, after He had fasted was hungry but not thirsty, thus He must have drank water but had not eaten.
When you fast, you humble yourself – you come closer to Christ. You have power to cast out devils. It gives victory over the flesh. It is a constant attitude of prayer and brings you into a position to find the perfect will of God. It brings healing, breaks addictions and there are obvious health benefits, like losing weight and cleansing the body of toxic wastes.
Make a decision to fast regularly and make it a time to focus your prayers on specific needs, whether for yourself, the family or your church. Let it become part of your Christian lifestyle, but guard against it becoming a meaningless ritual.
Dear Father, thank you for the many examples in your Word of those who fasted and the powerful results that resulted from their fasting. Help me to commit to a time of prayer and fasting.