Is It Really for You?
you ever wondered whether or not Christian fasting was for you?
Maybe you've thought about fasting for God, but you just
didn't know enough about it.
You may have wondered, "How can I know that God is really calling me to
fast? Is fasting even still Biblical? And what am I
supposed to be fasting for anyways?"
If you have ever wondered if God was calling you to a fast, this short
Bible study on fasting will help you answer that question once and for
Is Christian Fasting Still Biblical?
"Then the disciples of John came
to Jesus, inquiring, Why is it that we and the Pharisees
fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a
religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast?
And Jesus replied to
them, Can the wedding guests mourn while the bridegroom is still with
The days will come when
the bridegroom is taken away from them, and
then they will fast."
~Matthew 9:14-15 (AMP)
Many Believers have
never experienced the wondrous power of fasting in their daily lives.
One of the things standing in their way is that they question
whether fasting is really something that God has called them to.
But, we see clearly here, as Jesus explains Christian fasting in the Bible, that once He ascended back to
heaven, we as His followers were expected to resume honoring Him with our fast.
In fact, we read on several occasions in acts that the Believers in
the early church still set aside time where they fasted
For instance, when they needed to know God's perfect will, they combined fasting and
prayer to open themselves up to hear His voice of direction:
One day as they were worshiping
God—they were also
fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke:
"Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called
them to do." So
they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying,
they laid hands on their heads and sent them off. ~
Acts 13:1-3 (The Message)
This shows us both their purposeful
upon God, and their desire to be in His perfect will. When we
fast, we are exhibiting the same thing - A totally surrendered heart.
Many Christians enter into a season of fasting for one reason and one
reason only - They
Want Something From God!
Maybe their church is doing a corporate fast because they need money
for the new building fund.
Maybe they've lost their job, and they want Gods help finding another.
Maybe their child is acting up, and they need God to intervene.
So...they decide to go on a fast.
is this really what Christian fasting if all about - Trying to
convince God to come to our aid? Is this kind of
self-seeking fasting truly pleasing to God?
Therefore do not worry and be
What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to
What are we going to have to wear?
For the Gentiles
(heathen) wish for and crave
and diligently seek all these things,
and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.
But seek (aim at and
strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way
of doing and being right), and then all
these things taken together will be given you besides.
~Matthew 6:31-33 (AMP)
As I explain in the Beyond the Veil In-Home Christian Fasting Retreat
, when we choose to embark on a Christian fast, we should always keep
this scripture in the front of our minds. We should stop and
ask ourselves, What Am I
This spiritual gut check
is not just for when we fast. For
some of us, the only time that we
seek God at all, whether it be through fasting, prayer or reading His
when we need something from Him in the physical realm.
with our Heavenly Father revolve around seeking His hand and NOT His
But, I highlighted the last part of this scripture for an important
reason: "and then all these things taken together will be given you
When we focus our time of Christian fasting on seeking God's kingdom
and deepening our relationship with Him, the result will be
that our needs will be met.
Because when you turn your eyes towards the Lord, He ALWAYS
turns His eyes back towards you.
So then, is it wrong to need something from God?
Of course not!
We all need God to go to work on our behalf in different areas of our
lives. But, when we fast, we should always be fasting for
God, and not for ourselves.
Fasting for His perfect will in
all areas our lives, and realizing that His perfect will is better than
our own - That is the place of total surrender that fasting ushers us into.
When we fast in faith, and not in fear, we are open to receive all of
the things that God has in store for us: Both in the spiritual
and in the
Do I Need To Fast?
For many of us, if we don't have some pressing physical need from the
Lord, we don't even think about fasting. In reality, there
are many signs in our daily lives that reveal our need for a time of
consecration and surrender to God.
Here are just a few signs:
- Not hearing
You're having a hard time hearing
and/or recognizing the still small voice of God in your life.
You wonder if you are missing out on the leadings of the Holy
Spirit, and sometimes question if He even speaks to you
- You feel
somehow distant from God.
It's like there is
some kind of invisible wall separating you from Him. You try
to reach out to Him, but don't seem to be truly connecting.
Something inside of you proclaims, "This can't be it - There has
to be something MORE!"
- You feel God
drawing you to a closer place in Him. You can hear God's
voice beckoning you to go deeper, but you aren't sure how to get there
or where to start.
- You feel like you're in a
"Spiritual rut." You've been in the same place
for a while. You know in the back of your mind that you aren't spending
the time with God that you need to. Your relationship with God needs a spiritual jump start!
- You're always
In fact, sometimes you feel too busy to
take out special time for God, or anything else for that matter.
It's like your life is living you instead of you living it.
You know you need to slow down and gain some balance, but feel
like you can't
- You aren't
bearing spiritual fruit. You
look at the list
of the Fruits of the Spirit, but you don't see all of those
things evident in your life. You know you need more of
God's Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
Faithfulness, Gentleness and/or Self-control in your life. But,
no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to do it on your own.
- Your thoughts
betray you. Though you love the Lord, sometimes
the things that you think in your own mind alarm you. You
desire to truly have the renewed mind of Christ, but struggle to keep
your thoughts in line with God's Word and on things "of good report."
missing the mark. There are strongholds or
addictions in your life that stand in the way of you being the person
you know God created you to be. Common
Examples: Smoking - Eating (too much or too
little) - Over Working - Anger - Unforgiveness - Lust -
Doubt - Fear - Depression - Anxiety etc.
There are many signs that pop up in our lives, revealing our need to set aside the special
with God that Christian fasting provides.
These little signs don't mean that you are a bad Christian!
reveal the need that we each
have for more time alone with God, and more of His Holy
presence in our daily lives.
Your time of Christian fasting is your time of re-filling and
re-fueling. It is you, setting
yourself apart from the world, and consecrating yourself unto God for
Fasting, done right, empowers you through a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit,
to become the person that he you to be.
Yes, there are many signs that you can look for in createdyour life that tell you that you
need to fast. But, really, the most important sign is that
little nudge from the
Often, we dismiss it or ignore it. We say
that it's just in our heads, but it's not. It's God urging
us to step out of faith, and to enter into what He has in store for us.
So, if you feel that little nudge, don't ignore it - Follow it!
I promise that you won't be disappointed!
And, if you feel God calling you to fast, but you just aren't
sure where to start, don't feel like you have to embark on this special
journey all alone. That's why I created the Beyond the Veil In-Home Christian Fasting Retreat, to be your guide to a truly intimate encounter with God.
It not only explains, in detail, how to fast, but teaches you spiritual
disciplines to use throughout your fast to keep your mind stayed on
Christ. Invite your Lord into your home through fasting, prayer and meditating on His promises.
Christian Fasting: Is it Really
- Have you ever gone on a Christian fast before? Why or
- In this lesson we talked about the importance of
seeking God's heart, and not just His hand when we are fasting.
Have you ever found yourself spending more time seeking
blessings from God than seeking God Himself? Why or
- Why do you think so many Believers forget to seek
God's kingdom first before we seek the things that we think He can give
us? Do you think fasting can help us get away from this bad
- Take another look at the signs that you need to set
aside time for seeking God through fasting. Do you see any of
those signs in your life? If so, which one(s). What
do plan to do about it?