A Lifestyle of Prayer and Fasting
Prayer with fasting – before we even know what we will encounter – prepares our spirit and soul.
Fasting is not a spiritual hunger strike.
• Prayer and fasting isn’t starving yourself until you get what you want from God.
• Fasting is not a way to manipulate God into action; God cannot be somehow deceived or forced to action.
• Prayer and fasting is more than having a prayer answered or a need met.
Prayer and fasting is about becoming spiritually focused to align ourselves with God’s will
Why does fasting “work”? Because: we are triune beings. We are made up of a spirit, a soul, and a body. All other living beings, such as dogs and deer, have only two parts: a body and a soul. Human beings have one part that separates us from all other living beings ‐ our spirit.
We are the only part of God’s creation originally formed in His image. When we are saved, our spirit man is made alive and perfect. Our spirit man is the part of us that lives forever. When God looks at us, He sees us (our spirit) as perfect, through the blood of Jesus. However, our spirit is trapped inside the other two parts – our soul and our body. The soul is our mind, will, and emotions.
Our soul and our body are constantly at war with our spirit.
What does Romans 7:23 tell us about this war?
“For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.”
The Bible refers to our carnal side, the soul and body, as our flesh. Our flesh wants to sin, but as Christians we are in a process called regeneration. In regeneration, our soul and body come into alignment with our spirit man, and we are transformed into the image of Jesus.
Over time if we study the word, listen to anointed messages, have fellowship with other believers, and seek God through prayer and fasting, our body and soul will begin to look like our spirit man and more like Christ.
The strongest part of our being will be whatever part we feed the most. The strongest part will rule. If we feed the body pornography or any other appetite that it craves, it will overcome the other two parts of our being. Even if the addiction makes us depressed, angry, or fearful in our soul or detached from God in our spirit, our body will call the shots. It wants things that enlarge it – it is willing to provide pain and pleasure to the soul as a means to “train” it to get what it wants. Training (both good and bad) can be defeated – but transformation is divine in origin and not easily reversed. Similarly, when the soul is the strongest, there is no concern for the body or spirit – so much so that the soul man could decide to literally kill the body.
When the spirit man is in charge, it’s GLORY!
Fasting moves us more quickly to a spirit‐led life because not only does it build up our spirit man, but it starves the other two at the same time. In fasting we weaken our flesh and strengthen our spirit. If we fast without praying, though, we are simply starving ourselves. There is no spiritual value in that. We want to be sure we are building up our spirit man. Fasting does not have to be depriving oneself of just food. Fasting is not penance to get God to be impressed with us. That is religion. Fasting is simply denying our flesh so that our spirit man can feast on God.