Fasting: A Natural Part of the Christian Life

Fasting: A Natural Part of the Christian Life by myles munroe

June 2

When I talk to believers about fasting, they ask many questions.

“Should every believer fast?”
“How does fasting enhance our prayer lives?”
“Does fasting simply mean abstaining from food?”
“When are we to fast?”
“Can a person fast but not pray?”
“What is the spiritual significance of fasting?”
Fasting has been part of my walk with the Lord since I was fourteen, and I’ve developed a tremendous love of this wonderful experience.
For the next week or so, we’ll explore guidelines to help you understand how and why to fast.
First, fasting should be a natural part of the Christian life. In the same way that we develop habits of reading the Bible and praying, we should develop the habit of fasting.
Prayer and fasting are partners in a single ministry. In Matthew 6:5–6, Jesus said, “When you pray…” (emphasis added), not “If you pray. In the same passage, He said, “When you fast…” (vv. 16–17, emphasis added). Just as prayer is not optional for believers, fasting is not optional.
God expects His people to fast. At times, the Holy Spirit moves upon a person or group and supernaturally gives them a desire to fast.
Most of the time, however, fasting is an act of faith and will. It’s a decision we make in obedience to Christ. Even if we want to eat, we temporarily choose not to because of our love for Him.
Father, I know that believers in the Bible often prayed and fasted. Lead me by Your Spirit to a time of prayer and fasting with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Fasting is a natural part of the Christian life.
Reading: 2 Chronicles 17–18; John 13:1–20
-Daily Power And Prayer Devotional (Myles Munroe)