When we read about fasting, the Scripture says ‘when you fast…’ (Matthew 6:16). The Lord hear is telling us then that for Christians, fasting is not a matter of if, but when. Fasting is to be a regular part of our lifestyle. Yesterday, we spoke of the inter-workings of the flesh and the spirit and how the flesh can inhibit our prayer life. But there is another result that comes from fasting.
Fasting is a way that we remind ourselves that if the Lord was not providing, we would not survive. We could say that HEB provides our meals or Olive Garden or Whataburger. But as believers, we know the truth is that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Lord (James 1:17). He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. When we fast, it is a way of reminding that we are dependent upon the Lord. It is a physical reminder of a universal truth. We cannot provide for ourselves physically, neither can we provide for ourselves spiritually. There are spiritual battles raging all of the time and, on our own without the Lord’s intervention, we are helpless against the enemy. This is a profound truth and it is necessary to accept as a part of humbling ourselves. We make the statement that He is God and we are not even close.
And what does the Lord do for those who humble themselves:
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)
He lifts us up. He gives more grace. He gives more favor (James 4:6). The favor of God is the Lord acting on our behalf to move mountains or endowing us with the wisdom and power to move the mountains ourselves that He might be glorified in us.
Fasting, in the right attitude, is a means of humbling ourselves before the Lord and then He promises to lift us up. On the other hand, if we stand prideful as if we can handle it all, He opposes us. For the sake of time, I won’t go into that, but to say…”That’s not good!”
Keep fasting and praying in preparation for Victory Sunday – a day of spiritual warfare!