4 Ways to Access the Supernatural Power of Fasting

Fasting is one of the most controversial topics in the Christian community as so many questions arise concerning it. People wish to reach that threshold where they fast with ease but they do not have enough empowerment on how to go about it or how important it is.

 

5 Ways to Access the Supernatural Power of Fasting

 

First, fasting is the deliberate abstinence from food or other distractions legitimate or illegitimate for a period of time which can be short or long for the purpose of interactions with God's word and continuous deliberate prayers.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, the Bible says that the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. Now this Bible text expressly tells us that man is a spirit being with an "earthly suit" and a mind. We are spirit beings and the supernatural realm is our natural habitat. Therefore ,to attain this level of impact of ancient men, we must fast and wait on God to release His power over us, fortify our spirit with heavenly food and bring the body under dominion of God's spirit.

Another thing we must know as as believers is that, fasting is a responsibility on you as a believer. It definitely is not optional. The Bible again in Matthew 6:16-18 says “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. Verses 17 and 18 goes on saying that when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face so no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

 

Notice that Jesus Christ said,"When" not"if" you fast. So, why exactly must we fast?

We focus more on God when we fast

Anytime we engage in fasting, our fellowship with God becomes deeper. The spirit of God hovers around us and we become empowered.

 

We must fast for our spiritual growth

Spiritual growth and development is necessary for every believer. The channels of our spirit is opened up when we give ourselves to fasting and prayers,our utterances become heavy and filled with power. Through this,we are connected to the spiritual realm for maximum growth in the spirit.

 

We fast to experience the Supernatural 

In seasons of fasting, a believer is set to experience the supernatural power of God in healings, deliverance, problem resolution, victory as well as an out pour of God's spirit over the believer. Jesus Christ in Matthew 17:21 rightly asked the disciples as to every believer today, saying, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting?". In the same way, we can not experience the supernatural if we do not give heed to basic spiritual exercises like fasting.


How then do you fast? How can we access the supernatural power of fasting as believers?

Having discussed the reasons why a believer should fast, let's now address the title (four ways to access the supernatural power of fasting) specifically below.

Decide the Purpose of your fast

Don't be aimless while fasting. You must be specific every time and season of your fast. All through scriptures, every time a fast was called, it was as a result of certain things that needed to be addressed spiritually. In our article about life lessons from the life of Esther, we discussed the Spiritual fast that the Israelites had to undertake because of the plot to wipe them off the land. In the same manner, every believer must understand that angelic activities work on your specificity. Fast purposefully so that you will reap bountiful benefits.


Draw a Commitment Plan

While you want to fast purposefully, you should also plan your commitment to yourself by drawing up a goal for how long you want to spend in the word and prayers. Purpose without a committing plan will not be fulfilled or will in most cases, lead to futility. At that point in time, you discover that you are observing a mere "hunger strike" instead of a proper fast. A hunger strike will be a waste of time and that is why you need a commitment plan for your prayer and word schedules during the fast. Also plan the tools and resources you will need for the fast such as scriptures to use, messages to listen to or books to read.

 

Believe 

What is a fast without faith? Why should you fast if you do not believe that God can hear you? Whenever you believe and fast, many times, you receive your reward before the fast. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 that it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him."

  - Schedule time to minister to the Lord in praise,worship and expect to hear from Him too. God wants to talk to you too,be patient enough to tap into that frequency.

  -Lastly, remember to pray as a fast without prayers is just hunger strike!

As a believer,never underestimate the power of a fast. Being busy is not an excuse to not fast as no one can really be spiritual without a fasted life.

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