Fasting - Why
"Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33
It's important to note that prior to this verse, Jesus was discussing the Lord's prayer, fasting, treasures in Heaven, and being anxious. Jesus' instruction to the disciples and us is to seek God first. The goal of fasting is more intimacy with God. God wants and deserves first place in our lives, but we often get busy and try to fit Him in when we can—intentionally taking the time that we normally do other things, like eating or watching TV, and replacing it with reading the Bible and praying.
By shifting our focus 100% on God instead of satisfying fleshly desires, we prioritize our desire to hear from God, seek His will and become more dependent on the Holy Spirit. We need to feed our spirit and deny our flesh in order to grow closer to God. Fasting is a way to conquer the flesh and open the door to the Kingdom, or what many call the supernatural. It has been said that fasting is a hunger strike against hell, and isn't that needed now? Amazing things can happen when we deny our flesh and seek God first. Make fasting a regular part of your life, and watch what God can do.
Father God, I pray today that I always seek you first in my life, my decisions, and my daily life. I pray that during this time, your will is made apparent to me and that my spirit overrides my flesh as I seek to do your will and surrender my selfish desires. I pray for wisdom and guidance as I go about this journey, following you and fulfilling my purpose. Amen.