He/She is No Fool Who Trusts God with Prayer and Fasting
Over the years of my life I have noticed that some people take God more seriously than others. Some folks believe that God and His ways are optional. I don’t believe that at all. I have never wondered if gravity was optional. I know I can fly on a plane, but I realize that I have to have more force and lift with the wings to overcome the power of gravity. Physics tells me that it is reasonable to fly. In our world, there are spiritual forces trying to hold us back and there is a forcefulness that will overcome. I believe that prayer and fasting to be one of those spiritual tools that can provide us the “lift” we need to move forward spiritually.
Jesus tells us John the Baptist was a special man, not just a man, but a prophet along the lines of Elijah. Elijah was able to do a mighty battle for God and His people. He won against the occult leaders who worshiped Baal. When we look at John, he was known for living a fasted, nazarite life. He is also known for a limited diet that some would consider a fast. Listen to Jesus’ message about John and people who approach life with a forceful approach:
Matthew 11:11-12 (New English Translation) 11 “I tell you the truth, among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it.”
If you want God’s best for your life it will take a spiritual and mental focus and strength. I believe the self control and determination that fasting brings helps us win spiritually. Make fasting a common part of your spiritual habits. Develop the Christian approach that says God’s kingdom is valuable, “I will give life completely to His purposes.”