The New Covenant Fasting

What is Fasting?

It is an abstinence from food, water, etc. For a particular purpose. All over the Bible, we have records of fasting with different people and for different purposes. In this teaching, we shall be looking into the detail about the fasting across the Bible and how it is applicable to a new covenant believer.

Fasting from the Old Testament.

Most Jewish and Christian teachers believe that the commandment to the Israelites through Moses to “afflict your souls” as found in Leviticus 16:29; Leviticus 23:27, and 32 refers to a time to fast.

Leviticus 16:29 – And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country or a stranger that sojourned among you:

Leviticus 23:27 – Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. Verse 32 – It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.

During the time of Moses, the Israelites on a day assembled themselves before the Lord to afflict themselves for repentance – Numbers 9:1-2 – Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sack clothes, and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. {Strangers: Heb. strange children}

That means fasting to them at that time was a way to afflict themselves and punish themselves as a way to please God.  We have several people in the bible that fasted as well as groups. We shall see what prompted them to fast and why they fasted. The next time fasting was mentioned was during the reign of Esther. There was a decree that went out on the Israelites or the Jews that they should be wiped out or killed.

Everyone who heard about it began to fast and torment themselves – Esther 4:1-3 – When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry; 2 And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth. 3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Though Esther was not a prophet, never heard from God before now but believing in the fasting as a way to torment oneself to access or get the attention of God. Esther called for her own fasting and prayer after that across the entire land to support her so as to be able to address the king to be able to avert the decree from execution.  Actually, that was a very difficult task ahead of her, but in the end, it went out well in favor of Esther and the Jews.

Esther 4:10-17 – Again Esther spoke unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; 11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.

12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. 13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews. 14 For if thou altogether holds thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knows whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, 16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. 17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

Mourning Fasting

Most of the fasting in the Old Testament time has to do with mourning. We can see that from the scriptures we have read above about the Israelites, about Esther and now let us look at King David. 1 Samuel 31:11-13 (KJV) – And when the inhabitants of Jabesh-Gilead heard of that which the Philistines had done to Saul; All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth-shan, and came to Jabesh, and burnt them there. And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days

According to the scripture above, He mourned for the killing of Saul. Here is another account of his fasting – 2 Samuel 1:11-12 (KJV) –Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the LORD, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. Another account of his fast was is in 2 Samuel 12:21-23.

Note that there was nothing spiritual about the fasting of David other than to mourn. All through the reign of David he mourned and fasted for different pain that he experienced. I love his experience in – 2 Samuel 12:21-23. Especially verse 23. Where someone actually helped him out that his fast will not help to restore whatever that has happened. – 2 Samuel 12:23 – But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

Nehemiah also led the Israelites to mourn in his time too – Nehemiah 1:4 – And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Nehemiah 9:1- Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sack clothes, and earth upon them.

In the case of Nehemiah, it was to them an avenue to reach God. It was a way for them to get the attention of God. And make him answer their desires.

The Proclamation of Fasting Publicly

The proclamation of fasting publicly began with Jezebel. It was a wicked fast and proclamation – 1 King 21:1-16 but let me show you verse 9-10 -1 Kings 21:9-10 (KJV) – And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people: And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.

I love how the Basic Bible in English put it – 1 Kings 21:9-10 (BBE) – And in the letter she said, Let a time of public sorrow be fixed, and put Naboth at the head of the people; And get two good-for-nothing persons to come before him and give witness that he has been cursing God and the king. Then take him out and have him stoned to death. Fasting here was addressed as public sorrow. I will come to this later. Please bear this in mind.

The Fasting of Fear

2 Chronicles 20:1-4 (BBE) – Now after this, the children of Moab and the children of Ammon, and with them, some of the Meunim, made war against Jehoshaphat. And they came to Jehoshaphat with the news, saying, a great army is moving against you from Edom across the sea; and now they are in Hazazon-Tamar (which is En-Gedi). Then Jehoshaphat, in his fear, went to the Lord for directions and gave orders all through Judah for the people to go without food. And Judah came together to make prayer for help from the Lord; from every town of Judah, they came to give worship to the Lord.

Jehosaphat was afraid as much as everyone was afraid too. Because of the fear, he called for a fast to show to God that they are sorrowful. They do not want to die. He called for worship and they prayed as a group of people. Then from verse seventeen, they heard from God that he will fight for them.

2 Chronicles 20:17-18 (BBE) – There will be no need for you to take up arms in this fight; put yourselves in position, and keep where you are, and you will see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: have no fear and do not be troubled: go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you. Then Jehoshaphat went down with his face to the earth, and all Judah and the people of Jerusalem gave worship to the Lord, falling down before him.

It is obvious as well that fasting as we have seen so far in the Old Testament time was fasting of doubt, fear, and torment. Never the less doing that as they prayed they heard from God that He will intervene on their behalf. From verses 18-21 they began to praise God because they have been promised a victory over the battle. That changed their mood, they were happy now and began to give thanks to the Lord who has promised them victory even before the victory came. That was an act of faith; I love that about their story.

Now let me divert a little, I have seen Christians of today under the leadership of their pastors dancing and singing to repeat or duplicate what these people under the leadership of Jehoshaphat did. Applying that to our believers’ faith today is an out of context application and it is a sign of unbelief. They do that today because they read out of context in verse 22 that as they were dancing God was destroying their enemies and fought for them. For your information. It was not because they were dancing and singing that God did that. God had already told them he will do that for them. They will not need to fight…that was the word of God to them.

For your information, “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” – Numbers 23:19 (KJV).
God did not tell them they should be singing and dancing for him to do it, No! They did that after a discussion among themselves. Instead of seating waiting for God to finish the battle and we are doing nothing, they reached an agreement let us just be praising God. Either they had praised God or not God will do whatever he says – Numbers 23:19. That is by the way.

If you have believed anything that God said he will do that settled it. Don’t go and be dancing and sweating to make God do it. When he promised to save you and he died for you to redeem you in your sin, were you dancing? What of so many things you did not ask for that he had given to you and you were shocked that you got them, were you dancing for him to do that? Let us use our mind as a believer of Christ.

Listing to me: Is dancing to appreciate God or singing to Him bad? No! That was not my submission. If we shall dance to praise God for who God is, or for what he has done or for what we believe he can do; no problem, But dancing to think as you are dancing God will go ahead and be fighting for you like that of Jehoshaphat and His people. No! Does it work that way in the New Testament time that we are in? No!

God has empowered us more than the way Jehoshaphat and his people were. Imagine He said ask and it will be given. – Mathew 7:7-11. He has never said dance and it will be given. I will explain more about this as we progress in this teaching. Note that the same is applicable to the sowing of seeds or sacrificial what? Or what?  Alright, let us get back to the fasting topic.

Fasting of Doubt 

Through the scriptures that we have read so far on fasting and the motives behind the fast, it has been observed as well that most of the fasting we have seen so far that the people of God in the Old Testament have engaged can be seen as fasting of doubt. Let us consider another set of people and the motive for their fasting. Ezra 8:21-23 (KJV) – Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.

For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon him for good that seeks him, but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and sought our God for this: and he was in-treated of us.

In the above scripture, Prophet Ezra knew the mind of God. He was full of the Knowledge of what he has been told that God will do. He even declares what he knew God can do. He must have heard about the past wonders God had wrought among their fathers if it has not been done in his own time as a prophet. He was aware of how God has always fought for them when the enemies came around them. No enemy has ever prevailed over them except the one God had sent to punish them for their sins committed against God.

Let me try to paint the picture of why he proclaimed that fast; it was because they had said that the hands of their God were upon them to keep them all the way and fight for them. Now because of that statement, Prophet Ezra said: “we could not come to you to ask for security men to accompany us”.  Then they have to fast to punish themselves to intimidate or manipulate God to do what they knew he has always done. What? That was a fear implication or better said a doubt, this is a fast of fear, doubt, and a fast or punishment!

They must have read in numbers 19:23 that God is not a man that will lie – “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” …. Meaning if he had said it nothing will change him from doing it. James said that in Him there is no shadow of turning… hallelujah! – James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Fasting to Seek Divine Intervention

Actually, the major motivator of the fasting throughout the Old Testament was seeking divine attention from God. This was a kind of fasting that Esther announced to all the Jews around her because of the death bill that has been passed on them through the man called Haman. Esther 4:16 (KJV) – Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.

King Darius also fasted to pray for the salvation of the soul of Daniel in Lion’s den, when a plot was made against him because of his prayer life. Daniel 6:18-22 (KJV) – Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste unto the den of lions.

And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spoke and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou serves continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever.

My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Thank God for the prayer and fasting of the king for Daniel. Of course either he prayed and fasted or not God will still save Daniel for the glory of His name’s sake and for the faith of Daniel that has been displayed in Him. Take note of the fact that King Darius fasted and pray but Daniel was not fasting. Though he has no food to eat that night in the den of Lion you don’t take lack of food to eat to be fast. Fasting is always a deliberate act.

The question here will be that has God asked them to fast before He will intervene in their matters? Was it a commandment given to them? In this teaching, we shall provide an answer to that. For you to do something that you were not asked to do to get someone’s attention could mean doubt, maybe you are doubting what he said, Can it just happen like that? It could mean fear, meaning that you did it because you were afraid of the situation and that will lead you to doubt what you were told and then do something else or in addition to get the same result and it could also be an effect of emotion. Emotion leads people to do things and most of the times they are not necessary.

The Fasting of Separation

Daniel’s fast in chapter nine of the book of Daniel was for personal positioning before God. He was in sackcloth and applied ashes upon himself to show genuine repentance of the sin of entire Israel from the past till the moment. Daniel 9:1- end. He said in verse two that he sets his face on God – Daniel 9:2-3 (KJV) – In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Fasting of Repentance and Forgiveness

Daniel started this kind of fast. To show repentance and seek forgiveness from God. It was prophet Noel that first announced such a fast for repentance. During his leadership time, fasting became a holy thing unto the Lord. It became an instrument of genuine repentance. – Joel 1:14 – Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,

See it from another version Joel 1:14 (BBE) –  Let time be fixed for going without food, have a holy meeting, let the old men, even all the people of the land, come together to the house of the Lord your God, crying out to the Lord.

Joel 2:12-13 (KJV) – Therefore also now, said the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repented him of the evil.

In another version – Joel 2:12-13 (BBE) – But even now, says the Lord, come back to me with all your heart, keeping from food, with weeping, and with sorrow: Let your hearts be broken, and not your clothing, and come back to the Lord your God: for he is full of grace and pity, slow to be angry and great in mercy, ready to be turned from his purpose of punishment.

From the time of Joel fasting has become part of worship. And when Jesus came to the world he also fasted with his parents. Fasting and prayer was a subject of attention. Let us look at the record of Prophet Isaiah that really corrected the kind of ritual fasting that the Old Testament people do.

Isaiah 58:3-7. – Wherefore have we fasted, say they and thou seest not? Wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast, ye find pleasure and exact all your labors. {labours: or, things wherewith ye grieve others: Heb. griefs} 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. {ye shall…: or, ye fast not as this day}

5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? {a day…: or, to afflict his soul for a day?} 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? {cast…: or, afflicted}

That really means that they were not fasting rightly. Meaning that fasting to God has not been the same as what man has been doing. That was the whole history of fasting from the Old Testament time until the coming of Jesus Christ. After that Jesus was born He also fasted and the most conspicuous one was that of the forty days and night – Mathew 4:1-2 – Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

Fasting Teaching by Jesus Christ

Fasting was a notable subject that cannot be ignored but Jesus seeing errors in their fasting and prayer system, He had to teach about it.  That also sends a signal that most of the things that were done in the Old Testament time were not perfect. The reason Jesus has to introduce a correction to make them fit into the plan of God for the moment.

Matthew 6:16-18 (KJV) – Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

What was Jesus teaching here? He meant that fasting is a personal thing or adventure and it is between you and your God. It is a thing that one person that is next to you should not know about. With this comment, I will have a problem with announcing fasting when everybody who is a member of my church knows I am fasting and we have to even greet each other how the fasting has been…

Looking at the fasting life of Jesus. He did not announce it to anyone, not even His disciples. It came to a time that He was accused of allowing His disciples to break the law of fasting. – Mathew 9:14-15 – Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? 15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

In Basic Bible in English version – Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, why do we and the Pharisees frequently go without food, but your disciples do not? 15 And Jesus said to them, Will the friends of the newly-married man be sad as long as he is with them? But the days will come when he will be taken away from them, and then will they go without food.

That means there is more to this fasting that they did not know at that time and Jesus was trying to show it to them but they could not understand it. But to God be all the glory for today we have the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16 – For who has knowledge of the mind of the Lord, so as to be his teacher? But we have the mind of Christ. And now we can see through the dark glass even the glory of the lord. Halleluyah! – 2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face giving back as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord who is the Spirit

No wonder Jesus said “To you is given the secret of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are given in the form of stories;” – Mark 4:11. Apostle Paul put it this way – 1 Corinthians 13:9-12 – For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect comes, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Jesus is our major example. It is him we obey above any other character or person irrespective of their notable spiritual level from the world past or the present world or the world to come. – Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {author: or, beginner}

God said this about Jesus to us all – And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. – Mathew 17:3-5 – 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

The Fasting of Jesus Christ

Matthew 4:1-2 (KJV) – Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

Let us analyze the fasting of Jesus. He is our example. Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {author: or, beginner}

Jesus also fasted but in a unique way different from the fasting of the people under the law. The scripture above says he was led into the wilderness to fast. He was led by the Holy Spirit. That is the example we are to follow.  Those that are led by the Holy Spirit are the children of God. –  Romans 8:14 – For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you that is the place of maturity in Christ Jesus. You are a baby if someone has to tell you when to fast and when not to fast or even when it comes to giving. The will of God for us is to come to the place of maturity in Christ Jesus through Faith. That was the reason He has given us pastors, teachers, evangelist. etc.

Meaning that their work id to bring us to a place of personal maturity in Christ Jesus where we can hear the leading of God through Jesus Christ and in His spirit – John 16:12-14 – I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Not to make believers a servant to themselves or following them. They are to point the believers to Jesus Christ – John 14:6 – Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Author: or, beginner}

David said – They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. {Were lightened: or, they flowed unto him} – Psalms 34:5

The era of someone hearing for you on what God wants is over, It passed away some two thousand years and above ago when Jesus said it is finished, – Hebrews 1:1-3 – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

That was the reason He has given us pastors, teachers, evangelist. etc. – Ephesians 4:11-14 – And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; .

No wonder He broke the wall of partitioning between man and God so that we can all access him directly with no more any priest, pastor, bishop or whoever as an intermediary to God – For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; – Ephesians 2:14

That was why Apostle Paul told the Church of Corinthians that they as apostles are not the lord over their Faith but the helper of the peoples’ faith – 2 Corinthians 1:24 – Not for that we have dominion over your faith but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Never allow anyone in the name of whosoever to lord over your faith. Let the Holt Spirit control, direct and lead you always in all the things that you do either prayer, either fasting, either giving or whatever it may be in the service to our Lord and God, our savior Jesus Christ because that is only the time you are rewarded. It must be by the spirit – Galatians 6:7-8 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sowed, that shall he also reap. For he that sowed to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sowed to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Is Fasting a Requirement From God?

We have seen fasting in the Old Testament that it is a way to show to God that one actually repented of his sin, it is a way to show to God that one is in trouble, it was a way to mourn or show pains. It is also seen to be a way to serve or worship as the case of the Pharisees and the elders with the Jews. Is it still the same today? Why would Jesus be comfortable with His disciples not fasting? How many times has Jesus Christ also fasted? Obviously, after the forty days and night, there was no record of His fasting again apart from prayers.

When he went for forty days and night was it for Power? Was it for working miracles? Let us see it from the word of God – Mathew 4:1-14 – Let me read the first two verses – Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

The word of God says He was led to the wilderness, not his own idea, it was the Holy Spirit’s idea and he was not in the flesh anymore at this time. He was slain in the spirit. He was fully in the spirit and that was why he could go for forty days without food and drink. If you will try this then it is good you are also taken over by the spirit otherwise it may not be healthy for you because of flesh that you have.

Jesus was led to fast so that He can be tempted! Wow! Not that He can receive Power. No! Not that He can be able to hear God very well. No! But so that He can be hungry and be tempted by Satan. A lot of people do say that Jesus started His ministry with Prayer and fasting that was not true. He never went for that fast so as to start His ministry it was part of the prophecy that came ahead of Him that he has to fulfill to put the devil under his feet. It is part of the experience or what to go through to be able to take power from Satan which was His mission to this earth.

Jesus was born with Power – He will not need fasting to get power – Isaiah 9:6-7 – For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

When the power was to be activated the Holy Spirit activated it for him – Luke 4:13-14 – And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region roundabout.

Acts 10:38 – How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

And when Jesus was also going He told the disciples that power is not from fasting it is from the Holy Spirit – Luke 24:49 – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

How? See it in Acts 1:4-9 – And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, said he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they, therefore, were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, it is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. {Power…: or, the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you}. 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

When the day came they knew and they were together to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit who is the carrier of the power of God through Jesus Christ – Acts 2:1-4 – And when the day of Pentecost fully came, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

I don’t want us to assume for them that they were fasting and praying. If the word of God did not say it let us not add to it or assume. The word of God said in verse four that they were seated when the Holy Spirit filled the house or room where they were and they received it freely because it is a free gift and a promise of the Father through Jesus Christ – You can find the record of the Holy Spirit as promised from God through Jesus Christ from the following verses of the bible – Isa 44:3; Joe 2:28; Joh 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7

Does God Require the Believers to Fast to Receive From Him?

I know I have not answered the first question above that is fasting a requirement from God? That is the answer I want to provide right here now. Matthew 9:14-15 (KJV) – Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

Seriously? They were fasting wrongly! They fast without purpose. Fasting is not for repentance anymore. It is going to be by faith. It is not for mourning because we shall mourn no more by the reason of grace that Jesus has brought to mankind. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. You don’t mourn good news. Jesus was asked by the leaders of the Law that why were his disciples not fasting according to the Law? Or according to the pattern of worship that our fathers taught us? If the disciples were not fasting as a routine it means Jesus himself was not fasting.

Jesus answered them that they were not fasting because there is no reason for them to fast! Because when the bridegroom is with the bride chambers they cannot mourn. Matthew 9:14-15 (KJV) – Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, why do we and the Pharisees fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

The emphasis was that they have no reason now to fast however when the need arises as time unfolds no one will teach them to fast. Because the Holy Spirit which is the anointing that the Father has promised them through me will be the one to teach them what to do per time and make them please the Father through me… That was the implication of the statement if Jesus in response to that question.  1 John 2:25-27 – And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any man teaches you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is the truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

We cannot be fasting by emotion anymore, we cannot be fasting to receive from God… He is our father. There is no father that has ever asked his daughter or son to fast before they could eat breakfast or get school fees or get shoes or whatever. Who do we think God is? Who do we take God for? He is better than us as a parent. No parent will die for His own child. I believe no, no, one! But He God in Christ Jesus died for us to be what He wants us to be and to be free from the bondage of Satan – Jesus told of how better is God as a father to us than we the earthly Parents – Mathew 7:7-11 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Fasting is not a requirement by God for a believer in Him to receive power, forgiveness, gifts or blessings or whatever we desire. Faith is the only requirement. If it is power. It was freely given to us at salvation – John 1:11-12 – He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: {power: or, the right, or, privilege}I

If it is forgiveness, it is automatic in Christ Jesus – 1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If it is to receive from him anything it is as simple as asking in faith – Mathew 7:7-8 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

If it is receiving anything it is as simple as asking in the name of Jesus Christ by Faith – John 14:12-14 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.

In Christ Jesus nothing happens outside the faith – Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith, it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. {Author: or, beginner}

Galatians 5:6 – For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Mark 9:23 – Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mark 11:22-24 – And Jesus answering said unto them, Have faith in God. {Have…: or, Have the faith of God}. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. 24 Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Whatever is done in this kingdom of God without the leading of faith becomes a sin. Unbelief will take many to hellfire so be careful of the sin of unbelieve – Romans 14:23 – And he that doubteth is damned if he eats, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is a sin. (KJV). In another version – But he who is in doubt is judged if he takes food because he does it not in faith, and whatever is not of faith is a sin. (BBE)

Fasting Out Unbelief

Matthew 17:15-21 (KJV) – Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I suffer you? Bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil, and he departed out of him: and the child was cured that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said: Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

The story of this man with a lunatic child is an interesting one. He came to the disciples to heal his child but they could not. After many trials, they gave up! And after that Jesus has come he healed the child. The disciples later asked him why couldn’t we be able to heal that child? Jesus told them in verse 20 that it was because of their unbelief. Earlier in verse seventeen (Vs. 17) he rebuked them and called them faithless and perverse generation.

That tells us that they have a problem of faith or unbelieve. In verse twenty-one (vs. 21) still a continuation of the discussion of why they could not heal the lunatic child. Jesus added that “Howbeit this kind does not happen without fasting and prayer”.  Let us get this right here: Jesus was not teaching that fasting and prayer work miracle. No! I know you are surprised. But follow me as I open this up to you.

Is Fasting a Requirement to Experience Wonders?

Matthew 17:20-21 (KJV) – And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting.

Jess was not saying in verse twenty one that when you fast and pray you will work miracles, No! What he was teaching was still on the subject of faith, or unbelief. Verse 21 complements verse 20. If you read verse 21 in isolation of Verse 20 that will make you commit an error. That is called out of context reading or application. The implication of the combined reading of verses 20 to 21 is that since you have unbelief problem, however, if you want to get rid of your unbelief this cannot happen except with fasting and prayer. That was what Jesus said!

By implication, Jesus said it takes faith to heal or work miracles generally but you cannot have faith except you fast and pray. Are you following me? It will be out of context and a wrong application to be using that verse to exhort prayer and fasting for overcoming the problem. That means we do not understand the subject teaching of Jesus on working miracles.

Not every believer have a faith problem. Not every believer in a particular assembly of five thousand or twenty thousand people has unbelief problem. Asking all of them to fast to get something from God is out of the bible context. If you know someone who said he has a faith problem. Or struggling with unbelief that is the person that needs fasting according to Mathew 17:20-21.

And after he has overcome unbelief he does not need fasting anymore except he is led by the Holy Spirit if it is the case to isolate himself or herself to learn or communicate or hear from God which is possible but not in all cases with every believer. Jesus never needed to fast again to hear from God neither the apostle fasting every time they want to hear from God. 

The prayer that helps faith to be strong and eradicate unbelief is a prayer you engage in the Holy Spirit, not just any kind of prayer. Jude gave us that better understanding of Mathew 17:21 – in Jude chapter one verse twenty – But you, my loved ones, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, and making prayers in the Holy Spirit, – Jude1:20(KJV)

On the other hand, what was Jesus really saying? Could that statement be a parable? Because everything Jesus said the word of God said He spoke in Parables – Mathew 13:34- All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not unto them:

Mark 4:33-34 – And with many such parables spoke he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable spoke he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

To allow faith to be established in a believer it is only through the teaching and the hearing of the word of Christ – Which means Fasting without studying the word of Christ will not remove unbelieve and prayer without the praying in the Holy Spirit will not eradicate unbelief. Romans 10:14-17 – 14 But how will they give worship to him in whom they have no faith? And how will they have faith in him of whom they have not had news? And how will they have news without a preacher?

15 And how will there be preachers if they are not sent? As it is said, how beautiful are the feet of those who give the glad news of good things? 16 But they have not all given ear to the good news. For Isaiah says, Lord, who has had faith in our word? 17 So faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.

To work miracles Jesus told us how? He said it is by faith – Mark 16:16-18 – He who has faith and is given baptism will get salvation, but he who has not faith will be judged. 17 And these signs will be with those who have faith: in my name, they will send out evil spirits, and they will make use of new languages; 18 They will take up snakes, and if there is poison in their drink, it will do them no evil; they will put their hands on those who are ill, and they will get well.

John 14:!2 – Truly I say to you, He who puts his faith in me will do the very works which I do, and he will do greater things than these because I am going to my Father.

It is if you believe you can have or receive from Him what Christ has already finished for us – John 11:40 – Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you had faith you would see the glory of God?

Should a Believer Fast? –

Fasting is medicinal and as well it is very spiritual. In answering a question that should a believer fast? It depends on the need for the fast. If the need is for you to get God to do something for you. It is an abuse of fasting, it is a fast of unbelief, it is a fast of doubt and a fast to intimidate God and you know that no one can intimidate God. Because God does not need you to fast to get anything from Him it is not written in the bible that way. The only verse that has been used is Mathew 17:20-21 and in this teaching, we have discovered that it was not fasting that makes a believer works a miracle it is faith.

I love this song that says “God said it, I believe it that settled it /2x. That is it, my friend, if you believe it, wait for it in faith to come – Hebrews 10:35-39 – Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draws back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them, that believe to the saving of the soul.

The best reason to fast is to get rid of unbelief. It is to fasten your spirit man to overcome the flesh. Romans 8:13 – For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

Does Fasting Affect God?

Fasting does not affect God it only affects the one that is fasting. The effect of fasting is on the one that fasted and not God. Listen to me fasting for God to do what he has promised or said to do is a big evidence of unbelief. God is not a man that will lie… Not son of man that will disappoint… whatever he says he will do. If he has not done t it may be because He did not say it or it is just a matter of time.

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

James said in James 1:17 that there is no shadow of turning in Him – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

The disciples needed additional workforce and they were praying without food. Then God ministered to them what to do.  Acts 13:2-4 (KJV) – As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Acts 14:23 – And when they had ordained them elders in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

From the above scriptures, we saw the need for a fast by the disciples. They were not fasting to affect God but making themselves be well-positioned to hear an instruction towards the will of God concerning the ordination of the elders.

Paul was not preaching regular fast without the leading of the Holy Spirit or purpose as Jesus preached with his comment in – 2 Corinthians 11:27 –  He said: “In weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness”. The use of that scripture to preach regular fasting is out of context.

In the above scripture, Paul was not fasting because he chooses to fast. It was a punishment he went through that he was talking about. Most of the time he was imprisoned and he can as well go without food. If you read from earlier verses and the following verses you will understand that it was not a fast that was for a purpose and was not lead by the Holy Spirit and neither did he have control over the situation they were going through at that time;

Let us read 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 (KJV) – Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews, five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watching often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is offended, and I burn not?

That scripture above was not talking about fasting that we are discussing here it was a punishment. It was not deliberate.

Fasting in the Old Testament

Fasting in the Old Testament and Ancient Judaism was characterized by Mourning, Repentance, and Prayer in Hope for God’s Presence or security and provision. Fasting in the Old Testament was practiced as a human religious activity. The original motives for ancient fasting are not entirely clear, although we see them engaging in fasting as a sign of grief or mourning, as a sign of repentance and seeking forgiveness for sin, as an aid in prayer, as an experience of the presence of God that results in the endorsement of his messenger, and as an act of ceremonial public worship.

Fasting in the New Testament

When you look through the New Testament, you will discover that fasting is not very much mentioned. This is because resurrection has taken place. If God has finally intervened on behalf of his people in Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, then all those other reasons for fasting in the Old Testament such as mourning, petition, and repentance, etc. have lost their stand.

The cross of the Lord Jesus. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ is the reason for the New Testament. The New Testament is a reformed Old Testament and it overrules the system of the Old Testament.

The Finished Work of Christ.

Should a believer fast? Now, this is a very good question and we shall answer it right away. To answer this question let us look at two major things that are very important.

The first is the finished work of Christ. Meaning Jesus did everything for us. He has given us power, he made us rich, he made us a victorious, even if we fight it is a fight of faith and we are fighting from victory, not for victory. He made us complete in Himself – Mathew 16:19, Luke 10:19, 21:15, Mark 16:15-18, Colossians 1:13, Galatians 3:13-15, John 1:11-12, Colossians 2:10, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Corinthians 15:57, Ephesians 1:3, 2 Peter 1:3-4, John 19:30, 1 Timothy 6:12 and many other scriptures but to mention few.

He abolished the Law, he ended the law… Romans 10:4, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18. Meaning the way they fast in the Old Testament was ended. He told us it takes only faith to access things in Christ Jesus – Galatians 5:6. If you look at that very well where is the need for fasting? 1 John 5:4-5

The second is the leading of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, it is the leader that announces the fast as he sees it necessary. Most especially the prophets but in the New Testament, the leader is now the Holy Spirit of Christ. John 14:26, John 16:7-14. Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:18, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 5:5.

John 7:37-39 made it clear that the Holy Spirit was not revealed in the Old Testament time. Now the Holy Spirit has replaces the leaders in the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:1-2 – God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Jesus said – John 14:12-14 – I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

When Jesus went for his own fast he was led by the Holy Spirit. Stay led by the Holy Spirit. That is the only way to profit with God on anything you do in this kingdom. This is the answer to that question. God will never ask anyone to fast. Why? All the reason that made the Old Testament people fast were made available to is under the New Testament freely by faith. Romans 8:32 – He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

God does not want us to mourn, he does not want us to suffer anything that was why he did all for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And made us a partaker of it by faith. We need nothing that he will give to us again. Whatever he has given to us will be what we will ever need. That was why He said we are complete in Him. Not that we are going to be completed later, No! We are complete in Him Jesus Christ – Colossians 2:9-10. If it is finished it is finished – John 19:30.

All we need to do is to believe what He has finished and we can simply enjoy the finished work of Christ. Praying to him to do it will never make him do what is not available or what He has already done. There is nothing to do anymore. He rested – We are to enter His rest – Hebrews 4:3 – For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

Mathew 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Fasting is good though it does not affect God. It can, however, help us to shape our spiritual connection with God – Mathew 17:20-21. However, fasting can help you drive away unbelieve. If you fast it, is for you. It does not affect God. God through the Lord Jesus has finished all his part. It is ours to do our part to receive and enjoy what he has finished. But Fasting is not his prescribed way to receive or enjoy them it is Faith.

The Teaching of Jesus was Centered Faith

To receive or enjoy the finished work of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the requirement as preached by Jesus is faith and not fasting. We must disengage from any other teaching that is not building on the foundation that Jesus Christ laid.

Receiving Deliverance

It is not by fasting. It is by knowing the truth – John 8:32 – but the truth here is not a note, or ink it is a person and the person of Jesus Christ. John 14:6. Which is found in the pages of the written words about Christ – called the Bible – Romans 10:17. The essence of knowing the truth is to build up faith for deliverance. Meaning fasting is not recommended by Jesus for deliverance but faith in the right knowledge of God through Jesus Christ – however if you fast to help your spirit to develop right faith it is not a demand from God or required it is your choice.

As long as God can see your faith the deal is done. Even if you fast and faith is not demonstrates nothing will happen to you. That is why a lot of people have gone through deliverance classes or school and they graduated with the same problem. Nothing changed in their life.

To Access Salvation That Christ has Finished for Us

It is also by faith not fasting or prayer – Ephesians 2:5-9 – Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved 😉 {By…: or, by whose grace} 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

When you look to the New Testament, it is rather striking that fasting is not very much mentioned. This is, I suspect because resurrection is at the heart of the New Testament, the very foundation of all Christian faith. If God has finally intervened on behalf of his people in Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, then all those other reasons – mourning, petition, and repentance – have lost their urgency.

Take note of by faith you were saved in verse 8 of the Ephesians chapter 2 and see the same in Romans 10:8-14. Eternal Life is not by fasting or prayer it is by faith – John 3:16-17, 1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 John 5:1 (KJV) – Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.

Do We Need to Fast for Power as Believers?

If we have been given power then which power are you fasting for again? John 1:11-12, Mathew 16:19, We do not even need to pray for power. Because we already have it without any request. All we need to do is to use it. And if I will tell you the truth it will only work for you by faith – Mark 9:23, Mark 11:22-24, Mark 16:16; 18, John 14:12-14.

Overcoming the Forces of Darkness

Jesus did not ask us to fast to overcome or pray to overcome. By faith in Him, we become an overcomer. Even if we have challenges we have already won the battle. We fight from victory and not for victory. Our victory is very sure though the troubles are real. He said we are already an overcomer once we have come into Christ Jesus – 1 John 4:4 – Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

1 John 5:4-5 – For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Believers Nature

We have the nature of God through Christ Jesus. 2 Peter 1:4 – Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1 John 4:17 – Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

All these things we fast and pray for are our nature in Christ Jesus – And we do not need fasting or prayer to function in them but only faith.

The Days of the Spirit

We are in the days of the Holy Spirit of God through the Lord Jesus Christ and all things are available to us freely because Jesus was given to us freely. Romans 8:32. Whatever is applicable to prayer and fasting as regards receiving from God is also applicable to any other thing you may be told to do to access anything in Christ Jesus. Only faith is what is required.

Please note that the scriptures quoted in this articles are from either King James Version or The Basic Bible in English version.

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