Fasting helps to rid our hearts of pride, and humble us before the LORD. The Psalmist said, "When I humbled my soul with fasting, it became my reproach" (Psalm 69:10). When we approach the LORD in prayer, we must do it with all humility and supplication. Fasting brings us to a state of humbleness that is acceptable to GOD.
Our Father in Heaven listens more intently to our prayers when we fast. Ezra tell us, "So we fasted and sought our GOD concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty" (Ezra 8:23). If we truly want GOD to hear our prayers, we can demonstrate our sincerity by fasting.
Fasting puts down our flesh, and increases our spiritual strength and awareness. This makes us more effective for spiritual warfare. "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places" (Eph. 6:12). Daniel knew that. He fasted, prayed, and sought the LORD for three weeks. During that same time span, a messenger of GOD enroute to Daniel was struggling against the spiritual forces of the kingdom of Persia. Finally, as a result of Daniel's persistent fasting and praying, the messenger was able to break through and reach Daniel. (Dan. 10:2-5, 11-13).
As satan has strongholds today similar to those of the kingdom of Persia, we need to pray and fast as Daniel did to bring down these strongholds and reclaim that territory for GOD. Fasting enables us to be more sensitive to spiritual activity and to be a greater asset to GOD as He works His will through us.
GOD's work of baptism and circumcision Col2:11,12 for purging, refining,|
sanctifying, washing away sin absolutely requires diligent fasting,
since soul salvation is thru or after full sanctification 2Thes2:13.
GOD in Job33 proves this: |
v20,21 fasting into higher grace v24 as in 1Pet2:3|
and "access..into this grace" Rom5:2 or soul saving grace,
v26 sees His face, receives His righteousness,
v28 redeemed soul, eternal life and light,
v30 redeemed soul, enlightened to light of life.
GOD in flesh, Jesus, says "except by" and "nothing but" Mat17 and Mk9,
a clear demand for fasting "that He might deliver us" Gal1:4 into
true "partakers..having escaped" 2Pet1:4 which is His "true grace" 1Pet5:12.