This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on 10 Reasons to Consider Fasting. In Part 1 we looked at the first three reasons to consider fasting:
1. To increase our intimacy with God
2. When Problems Seem Overwhelming
3. When Engaged in a Spiritual Battle
I fast when I have to make big decisions. Examples include college choices, job opportunities, career changes, marriages, geographic moves and financial matters.
I fast when I have difficult family situations coming up. Holidays with family moments often cause me to fast. I try to fast when facing complicated family conference calls where difficult choices about elderly family members’ need to be made together.
I fast to kick off a New Year right. My Aglow chapter fasts together for 21 days. We fast for our cities and families. We see cumulative power each year we do this. We are on year number 5. The first year we fasted the longest outstanding murder case in our city was solved within three weeks. A witness suddenly had the courage to come forward with what they saw. Coincidence? Possibly. The more fasting takes place, the less coincidence is involved.
I fast when I need breakthrough in a particular area of my life. When things stagnate and I need to see change, it’s time to up my prayer life. I add fasting to the mix. One year, I had a girlfriend who was fasting for breakthrough. After 40 days, she felt like nothing had changed. As she went back to her computer on the last day of the fast, she heard the ice in her water glass crack cleanly and loudly. The unexpected sound startled her during a point of prayer with God. It was a sign in the natural that things were getting ready to “break” that had been frozen in place. The sign in the natural give her hope as the things she had been praying for during her fast started to see shift in the spiritual realm.