Prayer is always good. Always. But, for those times in life when action is required, I fast.
“What more can I do?” These words are a question I’ve asked myself when the obvious course of action is not, well, obvious. I don’t wait patiently. Fasting is the silent action, invisible to all but God, which satisfies my “do something now” anxiety. When a huge decision needs to be made, when I feel helpless, or when someone I care about is facing a serious situation, I fast for a morning or an afternoon and repeat as necessary.
Here are two Bible references about fasting I think of the most.
- When prayerful efforts fail to solve a problem:
The apostles failed to heal a boy with convulsions and Jesus told them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” Mark 9:29
- When I need to hear from the Holy Spirit:
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul to the work for which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Acts: 13:2, 3
Lent starts soon. What reason can you find to fast?