L. A. Marzulli
Dan 9:3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
Some of us who visit this BLOG regularly have decided to fast today. I am joining that fast and I think it’s a good thing and here’s why. Fasting is a way to draw closer to the Lord. I have fasted for most of my 30 years as a Christian, and there have been times of breakthrough in those fasts. However, it’s easy to get religious with fasting, and thus we lose perspective and the whole point about fasting to begin with!
We see from the scripture above that fasting is joined with prayer. While I am fasting and my stomach begins to groan, I use that as a reminder to pray and then I do. I don’t announce to the world that I am fasting and I don’t make a big deal out of it. I carry on about the day as I normally would.
There are times in our lives when we may feel that God isn’t hearing our prayers. When it seems like we are pressed in on all sides, that there is no way out. This is a good time to fast and not just for one day. As Daniel fasted with prayer, he sat apart from everything and waited on the Lord. However, sometimes the answer we are looking for doesn’t happen until later. In other words God chooses to answer when He pleases not when we want Him to.
It’s good to wait on the Lord, and fasting is a way that we can show Him that we are serious about what we are up against.
Let’s not confuse fasting with our salvation, as somehow this will give us access to heaven by our good works, because nothing could be further from the truth. It doesn’t make us holy or righteous, as our righteousness comes from the Blood of Jesus. It won’t gain us eternal life, as only coming to faith in Christ can accomplish that. It won’t cleanse us of our sins, as once again all of that rests on the cross at Calvary.
In closing today’s Bun: Fasting is a good thing to do. It will show us a lot about ourselves and it puts down the flesh for the time that we are fasting for. It’s a way to draw closer to the Lord. It’s a good discipline and a way to mark a new start, a new beginning, a new chapter, in our fellowship with Him.