Day # 5 0f my 7 day fast!! Oh yes, the flesh does indeed have a loud voice!! I haven't been really tempted to have meat until today! I had to smell hot dogs as I was preparing them....Oh My Gosh! My flesh screamed out "Take one bite!" Thank GOD I am prayed up and was prepared to just say NO!! I have done well with this fast! The main things I fasted were bread, meat, coffee, and all processed and packaged foods! I modified it, at the beginning, to include sugar (which may be lurking in something) tho no added sugar, and a very small amount of low fat cheese...so I can't say it was totally void of sugar and/or dairy...tho it has been very minimal amounts! I have kicked 4 pounds, (for a total of 8 pounds KICKED in the past 2 months!!)... seen answered prayers, been healed, PLUS I have felt GODs presence so strongly, heard much wisdom and guidance, I have gained strength and stamina through this as well!! I am thrilled and PRAISING GOD!! 2 more days....then I will continue eating properly, to be healthy, and KICK pounds!!
This is from the site called FASTING & PRAYERS for BREAKTHROUGH....There are many reasons for fasting: Letís look at a few of them.....there are many more!!
When We Feel Estranged From God
We should fast when we feel estranged from God. It is sin that separates us from God and brings upon us the sentence of death. (See Isaiah 59:2 and Romans 6:23). But, Scripture teaches that Jesus took the penalty of our sins in His own death and defeated death for us through His resurrection. (See Romans 5:10.) By believing in and accepting this redeeming work of Jesus Christ for us, we are reconciled to God. (See Romans 5:1.) We are no longer estranged.
I donít believe Christians ever feel estranged from God because of questioning Jesusí work of redemption for them. I believe it is when they turn the focus upon themselves and question the sincerity of their own humility, repentance, and acceptance of pardon. After all, these three responses on our part are the requirement of Scripture for receiving God saving grace.
When we feel that our hearts are growing cold toward God and that we lack sincerity in our humility, repentance, and acceptance of pardon, fasting and prayer are instrumental in restoring passion in our relationship with God by bringing renewed depth and sincerity to our responses to Him. Letís see how this plays out in Scripture.
Fasting signifies humility
The children of Israel were required by Godís decree to fast on the annual Day of Atonement. (See Leviticus 16:29). Godís gift of atonement was to be met by their response of humility. Fasting was the means by which they were to demonstrate their humility.
Saul of the New Testament exemplifies fasting as a response of humility before God. When he encountered the resurrected Christ in a vision on the Damascus Road and was brought to the realization that he had been fighting against God by persecuting the Church, he humbled himself with prayer and fasting for three days. (See Acts 9:9.) It was then that he received the gift of salvation, the fullness of the Holy Spirit, and a call to take the gospel to the Gentiles. (See verses 15-18.) He was prepared to receive Godís grace through humility expressed in fasting.
Fasting demonstrates repentance
Joelís prophesy of judgment upon unfaithful Israel was followed by a divine call to ward off judgment through a fast of repentance. The Lord beckoned, "ĎEven now,í declares the LORD, Ďreturn to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.í" (See Joel 2:12-13.) Similarly, James exhorts New Testament believers with these words: "Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (See James 4:8-10.) Fasting demonstrates the brokenness of a heart that is truly repentant for sin.
Fasting appeals to God for forgiveness and pardon
Ahab was a king of Israel described as one who "did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than those before him." (See 1 Kings 16:30). But when God spoke to him through Elijah with a prophecy of impending judgment, we read that he "he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly." (See 1 Kings 21:27.) God saw Ahabís humility and fasting as repentance and withheld judgment until the next generation. (See verses 28-29.)
What God did for Ahab He will do for his people corporately. This is assured in the Lordís response to Solomonís prayer dedicating the temple: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (See 2 Chronicles 7:14.) The humble response of fasting and prayer, God said, would assure pardon and restoration.
A tell-tale sign that we are growing cold toward God is that our relationship with Him lacks heart. Humility, repentance, and acceptance of Godís pardon become more words that we say in prayer than genuine heart attitudes toward God. The principle is there but the passion is missing. In such a condition, if we are honest with ourselves we will have to admit that we feel estranged from God. How do we restore passion to our relationship with Him? The biblical answer is to humble ourselves before him with fasting and prayer.