Matthew 4:1-3 (NIV)
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
1 John 2:6 (NIV)
6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Some claim that fasting is not for today. They say to teach fasting is to teach legalism and go back under the law. Let us take a look at that statement in light of Matthew 4:1-3.
Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil. How did Jesus prepare to engage the devil in the wilderness? It seems he fasted. The battle had to be intense. Jesus had to know the things that were at stake if he fell into temptation. What does our Lord do when temptations are flying at him fast and furious? He sets his soul to fast.
He stops all other activities and invests every ounce of energy he has in order to draw close to his Father in heaven.
For forty days, he presses in to draw near to his Father. He knows that it will only be through the power of the Spirit and the fellowship of His Father that he will survive.
Fasting is a way that we purposely set aside other forms of entertainment or nourishment and fix our eyes and hearts on our Father in Heaven alone. For from him and to Him and through Him are all things.
Let us take the risk and decide what we will set aside to draw close to Christ these next three weeks. Ask the Father what it is He wants you to fast from, to set aside so that you can fix your heart’s affection on Him. Then prepare to obey his voice this coming Sunday.
If you are reading this and are not a member or active attender of Lakeland Church and you want to participate with us I this fast reply to this e-mail and let us know who you are and what you are fasting from for these next three weeks. We will be glad to include you in our daily prayer ministry as we pray for all those who are entering this fast with us.
Fasting to Draw Close to our Father,