Fasting isn’t something that fits into most of our lifestyles. It causes us to deny a desire or a craving. It’s unnatural.
Most of us in the United States never experience true hunger. We eat on a schedule so regular our stomachs rarely have the opportunity to growl. If we want it, we get it.
But what if getting what we want most, requires us to deny ourselves of some of the things we only want in the moment? What if we could only fully experience the richness of total satisfaction by avoiding temporary satisfaction?
That’s one reason we fast. We fast because we want to experience a life that transcends anything the earth can provide. We want to clarify our desires. Fasting is not an attempt to manipulate God into doing something we want or giving us something we want, it is an intentional effort to align our hearts, minds and bodies with something that is bigger. We want our prayers to be heard and we realize that the issue is not with a God who doesn’t hear or care, but with us and how crowded our hearts, minds, bodies and lives have become.
We fast because we want to experience a life that transcends anything the earth can provide.
We deny ourselves because it is Christlike to deny yourself and seek the Father. So we fast to put ourselves in a place of greater dependence on God.
“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” (John 14:13-14 NLT)