THE REWARD OF FASTING
“And whenever you are fasting, do not look gloomy and sour and dreary like the hypocrites, for they put on a dismal countenance, that their fasting may be apparent to and seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full already. But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may not be noticed by men but by your Father, Who sees in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.”
Matthew 6:16-18 AMP
What is the purpose and reward for fasting? Why do it? These are good questions to ask. Fasting is not going on a hunger strike to force God into doing something. Fasting is not arm-twisting God into giving up and answering our prayers... or else! That’s foolish thinking.
Fasting doesn’t change God; it changes you. He is always the same. Fasting changes you! When we quiet our appetite, we become more sensitive to God. It puts us in a better spiritual posture before Him. Fasting gives you extra time to spend with God praying and reading the Word and waiting on Him. We become more sensitive to His voice and His guidance in our lives when we fast.
Jesus spent regular times of fasting and praying, and He came away from those times ready for anything. He emerged with power, and people’s needs were met in supernatural ways. Fasting helps prepare you so the Lord can work mightily through you. Now that’s exciting!