I am going to fast February 1st through the 10th, eating nothing and drinking only water and coffee. I may drink some fruit juice when I take my meds if they start to give me any problems. I am choosing to do this for 3 different reasons. The first reason is that the Bible teaches fasting as a discipline along with prayer in order to increase our power in prayer or our influence with God in prayer. There are many factors in the life of the person who is praying to God taught in the Bible that increases or decreases our power when praying. One of those factors is the presence of unconfessed sin in the life of the person praying, the Bible says that God will not listen to that person’s prayers. The book of James in the New Testament says that if a person doubts or has little faith they won’t have much power when they pray either. There are at least a dozen of these factors mentioned in the Bible that either increase or decrease our prayer power. Our church is having a prayer event called the “Five Days of Prayer”, which starts on Monday and goes until Friday. We have people in our prayer room praying together from 5 to 10 am and from 5 to 10 pm each of the five days. There are usually 20 to 30 people in the prayer room each of those hours praying and asking for God’s blessing. We have 4 of these prayer events during the year and each one has a different focus. This particular one is focusing on our Foreign Missions ministry that we have around the world. I want more and more power or influence with God when I pray, and I want more and more power from God in my life as I live, and I am believing that my choosing to fast for the next 10 days will result in that increase in power.
I don’t like to fast, I like to eat. I am not looking forward to the next 10 days, in fact I am dreading them. But I am looking forward to what I expect will be a time of growth in my life, and in my relationship with God. I said at the beginning that there were 3 reasons I was fasting, I will write about the other 2 in the next couple of days.