4 Reasons of Fast

Vladimir Savchuk Blog 2 Comments

Everyone of importance in the Bible practiced fasting: Moses, David, Elijah, Esther, Daniel, Anna, Paul, Jesus, just to name a few. When Jesus taught on fasting, He would say “When you fast” not “If you fast”. He assumed that we would fast. We were created with fasting, think about it, if you sleep 8 hours a day, then you are sleeping 1/3 of your life. If you live, say, 75 years, that’s 25 years asleep, or 9,125 days. When you sleep, you are fasting, that’s why morning meal is called breakfast – it’s when you break your fast.

1. Helps us overcome the calamities of life.
Fasting is the Biblical way to humble ourselves (Psalm 35:13; 69:10). Esther fasted when faced with danger (Esther 4:16). Ezra fasted for protection (Ezra 8:21-28). Jehoshaphat fasted in the time of the invasion of the confederated armies of Canaanites and Syrians (2 Chronicles 20:3).

2. Renews our connection with God.
Jesus said that His disciples will fast when He is gone (Mark 2:20). When we fast, we get our hunger back for the presence of God.

3. Empowers us to fulfill God’s calling in our life.
Most of the people in the OT fasted in a crisis; Jesus fasted for His calling. We should not fast only during problems, but also for our purpose. Anna was fasting for the coming of the redemption of Israel. (Luke 2:37).

4. Defeats the devil.
Once, the disciples of Jesus could not cast out a demon. Jesus said, “This kind does not leave, but by prayer and fasting” (Matthew 17:21). Fasting helps to break the bonds of wickedness, undo heavy burdens, and empower us to break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6).

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  1. Hi Vlad, I am new to your church and it’s blog. I am writing to you from the East Coast, CT. I was listening to your sermon at the Living Stream Church, Jacksonville, FL conference. It was outstanding! and had the proper emphasis. I will share more on it in a separate email as it is very close to the perspective I have. I am of East Indian descent and read/write Russian but, my conversational fluency is poor. I was educated at MIT and I am a Software Architect/Engineer by profession. I have traveled to Ukraine on mission work on many occasions. I am looking forward to meeting with you and visiting the church sometime in the future. Now to my question on the Daniel’s fast. I thought I saw it listed as 21 days on one of your blog articles. Is it not 10? Daniel 1:12?

    Look forward to hearing from you. God Bless you!

  2. Looking forward to Miracles, Signs and Wonders; for my healing & fulfillment of purpose!

    I thank God for the little Miracles that he gives everyday. To God be the Glory!!!

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