Fasting for God Bible Study:
How Christian Fasting Can Change Your Life!
Most Christians have never experienced the power
that fasting for God can unleash in their lives.
They have needs in their lives that are crying out for a time
of total surrender and consecration, but they think that
is something that was only done in the Bible, or that it's
power is reserved for the "ultra-holy."
So they miss out on their breakthrough, and live their lives constantly
below the level of victory to which they are called.
What many don't understand is that fasting for God is specifically
created to transform the
life of ordinary
So, in this lesson, we will explore just two of the many ways
that fasting can impact your
Christian Fasting Opens You Up To Hear From God
One of the most common questions that I receive from Christians across
the globe is, "Ameerah,
how can I hear God's voice?"
Hearing God's voice in your daily life
is not only available to every Christian, but it's VITAL
to your spiritual survival!
Your Heavenly Father has specific plans for you, "They are plans for
good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jer 29:11
But, how can you know that you are following God's plans if you can't
hear Him speaking directly to you?
When we are fasting for God, it opens us up to hear His voice speaking
to us. Let's look at Moses' example:
This happened when I was on the
mountain receiving the tablets of stone inscribed with the words of the
covenant that the Lord had made with you. I was there
for forty days and forty nights, and all that time I ate
no food and
drank no water. “At the end of the
forty days and
nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets
inscribed with the words of the covenant.
9:9 and 11 (NLT)
It was after Moses' fast
that He was given the 10 Commandments - Words from God that not only
blessed Moses and the Israelites, but millions of people over
thousands of years.
Moses received that word from God because of His obedience and
surrender to God through fasting.
for God helps
you to hear His voice because:
quiets down your life! Often times our lives
are so loud that, even though God is speaking, we can't pick out His
voice. It takes us getting quiet and focusing on Him to be
able to tune out the world and hear His still small voice.
quiets down your flesh! As I explained in the Beyond the Veil In-Home Fasting Retreat, this is a biggie!
Believe it or not, your flesh doesn't want you to hear from
God. Why? Because it wants you to do what IT wants to do, not
what God wants you to do.
- That's why when your flesh is piping up, your focus is
always on God hearing
- Not on you
- Our flesh can not only get in the way of us hearing from
God, but can stir up fear and doubt that stops us from following
through on the revelations we do hear, and receiving our breakthrough.
- Fasting helps you renew
your mind! God Word tells us, "Do
not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted
to its external, superficial customs], be transformed (changed) by the
[entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude],
so that you may
prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will
of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His
sight for you]." (Romans 12:2 AMP)
- When you renew your mind you will begin to know God's
will for your own personal life!
- There is no better way to renew your mind from the
world's way of doing things than to take time apart from that world,
and focus on God and His Word!
Christian Fasting Can Help You Receive Spiritual Breakthrough!
unclean spirit, saying to it, You dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you to
come out of him and never go into him again.
...it came out; and the
boy lay [pale and motionless] like a corpse, so that many of them said,
He is dead. But Jesus took [a strong grip of] his hand and
began lifting him up, and he stood.
And when He had gone
indoors, His disciples asked Him privately,
could not we drive it out?
And He replied to them, This
kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." ~Mark
If we read Mark 9 in it's entirety, we see that
the disciples had been praying, trying to set that young boy free.
they were missing something...
Then, Jesus reveals an important truth to His disciples, and to us all:
That there are some
bondages that we struggle
with in our lives that can only be broken through prayer and fasting -
We see it over and over again in scripture: Believers who, in the midst
of terrible circumstances, fasted and received a breakthrough!
When several forces had joined up against Jehoshaphat, and the people
of Judah where in grave danger, what did they do?
"Jehoshaphat was terrified by
this news and begged the Lord
for guidance. He also
ordered everyone in
Judah to begin fasting.
...“Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King
Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t
be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but
God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You
will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the
valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will
not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch
the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O
people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out
against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!” ~ 2
Chronicles 20:3, 15-17 (NLT)
I've heard many Christians quote that Bible verse, "The battle is not
yours, but God's". And, yet, they don't reference why
the Lord was
going to fight on their behalf.
It was specifically because they had surrendered themselves through prayer and fasting for God.
If we want the same results in our lives that we see in scriptures like
these, we have to do the same things that they did. We can't
expect the promise if we do not take part in the act of surrender and
consecration that fasting for God represents.
Christian fasting is not something that we do to get something from
God, it is what we do when we want to totally give ourselves over to
It is an act of total surrender to our Lord that opens us up to receive
all that He has in store for us. If you can feel God drawing you
to surrender to Him through fasting, DON'T PUT IT OFF! Step out on
faith and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. If
you need more guidance in planning a fasting experience that will truly
usher you to the throne of God, The Hem's In-Home Christian Fasting
Retreat can help you have an intimate encounter with God that will
transform you from the inside out. It helps you combine fasting, prayer
and scripture meditation to open yourself up to God in a special and
Fasting for God: How Christian
Fasting Can Change Your Life
- In this lesson we talked about how fasting can quiet
down your flesh so that you can hear from God. Do you think
that your flesh may need to be quieted down a bit? Why or why
- I stated earlier that our flesh keeps us focused on
whether or not God is hearing us instead of whether or not we are
hearing God. Have you ever fallen into this trap?
Why or why not?
- In Mark 9 we see that the disciples have prayed for
someone to be set free, but to no avail. Jesus explains that
this is because certain bondages only break through prayer AND fasting.
Can you think of any bondages in your life that may require
fasting for you to break free?