It’s not common to fast unless it’s for weight-loss reasons. Why? Because it’s not fun and a lot of people don’t see the point, but there are real benefits in fasting.

First, for the believer, it’s not optional. In Matthew 6:16 Jesus begins a statement by saying “When you fast” which means it’s not optional. Will you make it to heaven if you don’t fast? Yes but, there’s a deeper relationship with God if we fast.

One of the key benefits of fasting is clarity. Look at it this way, when we turn off the TV, put down the phone, and eliminate all other distractions, we can be more in tune with our spouses. Fasting does the same thing with God. Fasting limits and could possibly eliminate all flesh-like distractions which allows our spirit to hear and be more in tune with God. Clarity allows God to guide us, give us instruction, and makes room for His Word to encourage our soul.

Other benefits include: bonds of wickedness removed from our lives, removing burdens from our lives, and driving out demons (Isaiah 58; Mark 9:14-29).

So, make up in your mind and discipline your flesh to fast. Fasting positions us to better hear from God.

Isaiah 58:6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke?