Fasting is a spiritual discipline that silences the distractions that hinder us from hearing God’s voice. Jesus reminds us in John 16:12 that it’s not God’s silence but our inability to hear that often clouds our spiritual perception.
Fasting is more than abstaining from food; it is a deliberate act to create an emptiness, allowing God to fill the void. Through biblical examples—Daniel silencing lions, Moses receiving commandments, and Jesus ushering in the New Covenant—we see fasting as a profound tool for connection with the divine.
Acts 13:1-2 emphasises that fasting is not exclusive to leaders but is a practice for all believers. The Greek origin of fasting reveals its essence: ‘hungry,’ ‘without nourishment,’ and ’empty’—capturing the intentional emptying to be filled by God.
Leviticus 16:29 underscores fasting as an affliction of the soul, not the flesh. Fasting is not about hurting the body but reaching the soul, where the spirit and flesh contend for power. Matthew 9:14 connects fasting with mourning, signifying a deep yearning for God. Psalm 69 urges us to confront our souls, making fasting a transformative act of dealing with our inner selves.
Drawing insights from Jesus’ temptation in Matthew 4:1-11, fasting becomes a test of obedience—a conscious choice to feed our spirit as diligently as our flesh.
Reflecting on biblical stories like Esau’s loss of birthright for food, Hannah’s fasting for Samuel, and Mordecai’s fast that caught Esther’s attention, we witness the profound impact of fasting regarding purpose.