Purpose of Fasting
Jesus told us in the word that there would be a time for his disciples to fast. That time is now.
Fasting is not a sideline practice for a special group of really radical disciples. Fasting is a core
practice that every person who calls himself or herself a disciple of Christ participates in.
God wants his people to be determined and disciplined in every area of our lives. As children of God we are
expected to be disciplined. Fasting is an act that leads us to a disciplined life.
Fasting is not a magic act that when done we can expect God to be at our beck and call. Fasting is simply the
act of placing ourselves in a position to hear from God. We take time and food out of our schedule and focus
on hearing God. Breakthroughs do happen, healings are a byproduct, and miracles appear, yet that is not the
goal of fasting. Our purpose is to align ourselves with His spirit that we may become the tools He can use to
advance His Kingdom.
12 Reasons to fast
1. To Humble Ourselves (Overcome the Flesh).
Psalm 35:13; Psalm 69:10; 2 Chronicles 7:14
The word Humble in these verses alludes to humility through fasting. In scripture the form of humility was
often fasting. When we fast we bring about humility that Christ had when walked on the earth. He humbled
himself not considering his equality with God something to cling to. (Philipians 2:6)
2. To Repent and Seek the Lord
1 Samuel 7:2‐6; 1 Kings 21:27‐29
When we fast it is a sign of repentance. Repentance is a turning away from that which we no longer what to
take part in. It is good to take times and seasons where we repent for things in our lives. Without
repentance we tend to get slack in our devotion and discipline to God. These times of fasting are times to
Seek him, and he has promised we will find Him.
3. For God’s Presence
Matthew 9:14; Mark 2:18‐20; Luke 5:33‐35
The time for fasting is the waiting period for Christ’s return. That is now. Jesus stated that his disciples are to
fast when He is no longer with us. Now we fast to be in his presence. When you fast there is a real sense of
God’s presence in your life.
4. To Receive Spiritual Direction
Judges 20:26‐28; Acts 13:2‐3; Acts 14:23
Fasting puts us in the position to hear from God. When we fast we are saying we need guidance and
direction in our lives. Fasting not only brings in the presence of God but also His wisdom and guidance. A
heightened sense of His active power guiding and directing us is evident. Take time and list some areas in
your life you need direction in and inquire of the Lord as to his answer.
5. Spiritual Enlightenment
Daniel 9:3; Daniel 10:2‐3; Acts 10:30‐33; Acts 27:9
During times of fasting God reveals areas in your life that have been confusing. Scriptures and spiritual
concepts that have been hard to understand will become understandable. These are times of spiritual
enlightenment. If there are things you don’t understand ask God to reveal them to you as you fast.
6. As Part of Our Christian Ministry
2 Corinthians 6:4‐5; 2 Corinthians 11:27
We are called to be servants and minister. Part of our Christian service is fasting. Fasting is seen by
God as ministry and worship.
7. For Deliverance From Demons
Matthew 17:14‐18; Mark 9:28‐29
The disciples could not cast out the demon that was possessing the child and when they asked why they
couldn’t they were challenged in the faith and their practice. Fasting brings us to a new level of supernatural
power and faith. Without fasting we will not see the strongholds in our lives and the lives of others defeated.
8. To Deliver From Trouble
Daniel 6:18; Acts 27:33‐34
Fasting brings about deliverance from trouble. As my Mama Calaway would say, “There is nothing a 3 day
fast can not cure”. Fasting gets God’s attention to
9. For Finances and Resources
Joel 2:15, 18‐19, 24‐26; 2 Chronicles 20:3; 2 Chronicles 20:20‐25
When we fast it releases the blessings of heaven. God wants to resource his people to carry out His plans.
When He sees his people humble themselves in fasting He opens the floodgates of resource. He establishes
us in His Kingdom and those around see the prosperity.
10. For Revival and Renewal
Fasting brings a renewal to our spirit and the Church as we corporately fast. The need for Revival
and renewal in our lives comes when we allow our lives to become dry. Revival in the city brings
joy, peace, love, cheer, and gladness. As you fast ask God to bring revival to this city and renewal to
11. For the Salvation of your family
Fasting brings about a restoration of the generations. Those in your family who do not know the
Lord are on God’s hit list as you fast. As you fast ask the Lord to give you opportunity to se the
restoration of your family through salvation.
12. For Mercy and Grace
1 Kings 21:27‐29; Genesis 24:33; Exodus 34:28; Matthew 4:2, 6:16‐18
Grace and Mercy are the byproducts of fasting. God sees the humble and has mercy on them. As you fast
remember he has graced you with gifts to carry out what He has called you to do. Operate in the grace he as
bestowed on you.
What is Fasting Anyway?
Purpose of Fasting
Jesus told us in the word that there would be a time for his disciples to fast. That time is now. Fasting is not a sideline practice for a special group of really radical disciples. Fasting is a core practice that every person who calls himself or herself a disciple of Christ participates in. Discipline God wants his people to be determined and disciplined in every area of our lives. As children of God we are expected to be disciplined. Fasting is an act that leads us to a disciplined life
Purpose of Fasting