Fasting is a Resource for Marriages and Families to Be Self-Controlled
One of the most amazing things about fasting is how little self control I see in myself. The smells are so hard to avoid. I keep telling my belly, “you are not in charge.” Aside from food, at times I realize I have had too much screen time. I have not tried to do a media fast this year, but probably should try that next too. It is refreshing to fast and recognize the things you may need to take a break from. The one many people never mention is sexual fast. Many of us think of it as something Christians advocate for between a man and a woman in marriage. They don’t hear of the little discussed practice of abstinence sexually to honor God.
1 Corinthians 7:1-5 (NIV) Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.
5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
This is not a fast to do because you are fighting with your spouse, but to seek God. Sexuality is designed by God for the health of a married couple. We give ourselves much like we give ourselves to God. Consider talking about this as a married couple. If you are single it should challenge you to remain celibate until marriage as a testimony of faith in God and a gift to your future spouse. The Bible is an honest book that explains sexuality is one of Satan’s biggest tools to entrap us in a life out of control. Fasting helps us practice that self-control by the strength and grace of God.
PRAY: “Lord, help me to be self controlled and alert. I want to honer you with my Body and my spirt. Help me to avoid the worlds way of thinking about sexuality. Teach me how to live self-controlled in the areas of food and sexuality. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”