Fasting is hard on the flesh. This is the number one reason Christians don’t do it. Something happens to you when you take away food. Your body and emotions are immediately buffeted and shut down. One of the great benefits of fasting is that there is a purging from things that bind and hinder your spiritual life.

The body has been declared dead because of sin (Rom. 8:10), but fasting is a tool that executes that position of death by the Spirit (Rom. 8:13).

The devil has a way of tracking you and using man’s flaws and weaknesses to trip them up. Men have fallen short of fulfilling God’s plan and purpose, and some have even died prematurely because the enemy found something in them that eventually took them out and cut their lives short.

There are, what men of old termed, darling lusts; whether it be an uncontrollable appetite for food, a bondage to pornography, greed and a love for money, power, and fame – or something more subtle like unbelief that limits our effectiveness for God and results in a lack of power.  Impatience, unforgiveness and bitterness, being easily offended, habits of the flesh that keep us out of the Spirit, and other such strongholds can limit a man from growing and going further in God. Fasting is a mystery that deals with such things.

You see, the devil tracks people all their lives and is familiar with their vulnerabilities and wounds, entry and access points, that he badgers them with over and over again.

“For the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in me”  (John 14:30). Satan had no access points into Jesus’ life. He learned obedience through the things He suffered (Heb. 5:8). He sympathizes with our weaknesses because He, too was tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).

One of the great benefits of fasting is that you come out of hiding from your own flesh (Is. 58:7), and you allow God to access your weaknesses and flaws and purge you from them.

When I was first saved I fasted one or two days per week simply out of a desire for more of God in my life, but then I got away from the consistency of it in later years until a few years ago when the Lord began to steer me back to it. He said that the fullness of His calling would not come forth in my life without it. That got my attention. Like so many Christians and ministers, I dragged my feet on it, was slow to do it, and eventually came to a place of unwillingness to do it. In addition to the aforementioned insight and warning from the Lord, He also gave us this counsel on fasting just this past week.

The Lord stirred our remembrance to times past and victories that were obtained. And we began to realize that they were all manifested in times of prayer and fasting. It was during those times when the greatest power and change was released personally and ministerially. It makes you wonder why we don’t do it more. Even fasting a meal or two a week would help some people. The Spirit of the Lord called fasting His principle of power and highlighted Acts 13:1-12 and Mt. 17:20-21 as a mystery that only those who’ve walked in it understand.

This is the way of setting heaven’s order in your life and ministry. Yes, heaven’s order! That’s why Paul could go and pronounce judgment on a sorcerer who was hindering the gospel (Acts 13:10-12). He had come under heaven’s order for his life and ministry and was empowered and sent by the Holy Ghost after a time of prayer and fasting. And because he was under the influence of heaven’s order, the effectual working of God’s power was being manifested through him.

This is God’s way and this is His plan. Let us walk in it.

Stay tuned for more…



  1. Pastor Jonathan’s message today was about turning to the “ancient paths” (Jeremiah 6:16). In the Message bible it says: “God’s message yet again: Go stand at the crossroads and look around. Ask for directions to the old road, the tried and true road. Then take it. Discover the right route for your souls.” Fasting is a tried and true road.

  2. I believe very strongly in being led of The LORD in fasting because of what happened to me a few years ago. I was led into a fast by The LORD and enjoyed it. His Word says that His burden is light (the actual word means – so light you cannot feel it) and His yoke is easy, so a fast in His Will should not be anything else! See Matthew 11:30.

    The day after the fast I realized I had broken an addiction for caffeine which I did not realize I had. (I had those per cup coffee makers and would almost automatically keep filling my cup, while thinking of other things to do).

    I had such a great time on the fast that I thought I would do it again. The only difference was that it was MY decision, not His, and I had the most miserable time on that fast.

    Romans 8:14 tells us the Sons of God are led by His Spirit. If you are not led you are out of Sonship in that area, in the sense that you are now open to attack from the other side. If you are truly born again, your Spirit will not give you Peace until you repent and come back to your place of being a Son.

    I have been associated with African churches in the US, that are big on fasting, and I experienced the same thing with a fast called by the pastor. I did not join the fast but went to a meeting on a day while the others were on the fast, and could sense the presence of demons while the people looked miserable.

    The JOY OF THE LORD is your strength. The LORD’s JOY is also a strong weapon of warfare where we draw on the wells of Salvation through that JOY. Misery and sadness, which is the opposite, comes from disobedience to The LORD or works in our flesh, and they attract evil and confusion, because they are of evil, unHoly or of spiritual Egypt. See Isaiah 19:14.

    • Thanks for this testimony of God’s leading in regards to fasting led by the Spirit. It has helped me to discern better when to fast. I think we are too focused on the ‘if’ you fast to get answers, then the Spirits leading, ‘when’ you fast.

      • Jesus said, “when you fast…” (Mt. 6). It is a crucifixion of the flesh and putting your body under subjection. There is a level of discomfort when you first do it, but then the body adjusts.

  3. Amen and amen! The children of God so often make excuses for not obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus. As He said in Matthew 6:16,17 – …when you fast… not IF. We also think we must do it in our own strength, but that is not the truth. As on Paul’s 1st missionary journey, which you quoted from, everything is by the grace of God. Acts 14:26 states – “From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed.” We must listen to the voice of God calling us to times of fasting, obey and trust His grace is sufficient.

  4. I want to add that fasting from feeding my flesh has brought much clarity and Peace into my life. I want to buy that additional pair of shoes and I realize I don’t need it. The craving of the world that comes from outside of The LORD should be discerned. May we grow strong in The LORD so that our Spirits are nourished – Matthew 4:4, Romans 10:17, and let us reject whatever drains out that Strength – by fasting the world and its desires out.

    The most awesome thing is that you can have GREAT SUCCESS as the world counts success, by following The LORD. Evil deceives people telling them they cannot. Read the Blessings in Deuteronomy 28 for a list of Blessings the world would consider success.

  5. There’s a great feeling of contentment from fasting that’s hard to put into words. there’s a joy in the hunger that’s pleasing to the Lord.I have been fasting every Tuesday for the last few months and I believe its the power of the spirit that’s enabled me to do so. I am used to being chastised by these posts but thank God this time I think maybe was ready…

    Always happy to read and receive this blog !!

    • Ha! Chastisement and you keep coming back! so glad you do. You’ve got thick skin (smile), and that is probably why you are yielding the peaceable fruit of righteousness in your life.

      BTW, Colin, did you send in an offering for our ministry today? Is this the same name? It actually looked like a partnership. If so, thank you so much! That means a lot to us. If not, sorry, it may be someone else.

  6. Pray for me I need to do more fasting . Used to do it but nowadays its proving to be difficult

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