In all the Epistles—the books of the New Testament written to the Church—not one time is the Church told to fast. That doesn’t mean we should not. Mention is made of fasting, but no rules are laid down, nor is the Church even encouraged to fast.
The reason is, fasting is to be done as the occasion arises. Fasting does not change God. He is the same before, during, and after you fast. But fasting will change you. It will help you keep the flesh under.
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It will help you become more sensitive to the spirit of God. It is good to fast when things are pressing in upon you and you need to wait on God prayerfully.
Or, the Lord may.peak to you and lead you to fast. If the Lord lays a fast on your heart, do it! He has spoken to me in this manner several times. The longest I have ever fasted, however, is three days. The Bible lists these reasons for fasting:
1. To minister to the Lord.
2. To lay hands on ministers to send them forth.
3. To draw close to God in times of danger.
These are the scriptural reasons; you don’t need to fast to defeat the devil. Jesus already won that victory for us. Remembering this, we can use fasting sensibly to keep the body under. The following pages will show the scriptural basis for this commonsense approach to fasting.