Fasting for health and healing
The Bible gives us a perfect example of how denying ourselves physically can bring good health. It is the story of Daniel and his peers in Daniel 1. The “Daniel Fast” is a fast from meats, sweets, breads and any drink but water for 21 days (Daniel 1:12; 10:2-3). This fast is a partial and a prolonged fast that yields health and healing. Daniel and three others refused to eat the king’s meat and they “appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies” (Daniel 1:15). Daniel and his men were healthier! If you have a physical problem, fast for healing. According to Isaiah 58 when you fast, “. . . your health will spring forth speedily.”
Fasting for our nation
When Samuel took over as priest and judge over the nation, he declared a fast for national revival. Samuel told the people to fast and seek God to return His presence to the nation (1 Samuel 7:3). Our society today critically needs believers who will fast and pray for revival. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).We can return God’s presence and glory to our personal lives and our nations . . . will you do your part? Fast, pray and seek Him now.
Fasting for the lost
John the Baptist and his disciples fasted often, according to Matthew 9. He was on the Nazarite diet, which fasted alcohol all the time. He ate little more than locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:1-4). Because of John the Baptist’s constant fasting, I believe he had a greater testimony and influence on the lives of people in his generation than any other man (Matthew 11:1, John 1:6-7). If you and I want to win the lost in our communities, in our nation and around the world, we must do spiritual warfare through fasting and prayer. When you deny yourself and focus on God’s will through prayer, He will begin to open doors of evangelism in your life.
Rev. J. Franklyn