3 Reasons Why Fasting is Important

By Mei Manuel, March 16, 2017 00:03 AM



Fasting is a habit that has many benefits and importance. It allows us to receive the Lord and leave less for ourselves in order to achieve something we cannot usually attain through other methods. 

Unlike medical fasting and weight-loss fasting, religious fasting enables us to seek God and also develop one's discipline which is why some do it every once in a while even if it is not lent season.

Here are some reasons why fasting as a discipline is very important.

1. It Allows Us To Deny Ourselves

"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.'" (Matthew 16:24)

When we fast, we deny ourselves of things we cannot usually deny such as food and our luxury desires. Food is often the thing we fast so we can seek God.

The Bible warns us about turning our stomach into a god, saying such people are enemies of God:

"For many are walking in such a way that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. I have told you of them often and tell you again, even weeping. Their destination is destruction, their god is their appetite, their glory is in their shame, their minds are set on earthly things." (Philippians 3:18-19)

Fasting without the intention to seek God isn't fasting. It's merely skipping a meal for weightloss and other objectives.

2. It Strengthens Our Spirit And Weakens The Flesh

It's a known Biblical principle that those who walk in the flesh, fulfilling its desires, won't be strong in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 tells us,

"I say then, walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."

While the acts of the flesh mentioned after that verse do not stress what food should be fasted, it does include selfishness (verse 20), which is a possible reason why people cannot stop eating. It lets people to feel good and we tend to want more than what our bodies can take.

When we fast, we train our stomach to submit to God's Spirit.

3. It Shows Our Desire To Seek God

Lastly, fasting is a simple way to show how much we long for God. In Luke 5:34-35, it said:

"Can you make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then in those days they will fast."

Simply put, we, who are longing for His return, fast and pray for Him to return. Fasting lets God know we are serious with our prayers.


Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

How to Celebrate Valentine's Day without Compromising Ash Wednesday and your Christian Faith

How will we observe Valentine's Day on the day the Lent season begins?

It’s Okay to be Single

In a world full of pressure not to be single, there are a few pointers on "How to be single."

Understanding Double Standards in the Christian World

How should Christians understand and see double standards?

Jiangxi Christians Cares about AIDS Patients

On January 26, 2018, the church in Pingxiang, Jiangxi, held an annual meeting for the AIDS prevention work done by a Christian volunteer team.

Church Medical Clinic Runs for 38 Years

Apart from medical, health-care services, and disease prevention for pastors, Christians, and non-Christians, the medical team carries out health lectures, free clinics, and delivers medicine in churches and disadvantaged areas.

What do You do When You’re Already Living Together

Pastor gives advice on what should people do when they're already living together before marriage.

What’s Christian Premarital Counseling?

Premarital aims to help people understand marriage after God's heart and how a couple imitate Christ to learn and practice love in their marriage in a few hours' counseling.

Guizhou Bible School Holds Theme Activities for Students

The Guizhou CCC&TSPM held a series of activities to extend the view of the students of Guizhou Bible School.

China’s Christian Theological Educational Commission Opens Work Meeting

In 2018, the commission plans to promote curriculum design in seminaries and title assessment of teachers, and the sicinization of Christianity.

Guangdong Union Theological Seminary Holds Closing Ceremony of First Semester for School Year 2017-2018

Guangdong Union Theological Seminary (GUTS) held the closing ceremony of the first semester for the school year 2017-2018.