As Christians, our first call is to conform ourselves to the image of Christ as we walk this earth. One remarkable fact about Jesus Christ is when he fasted 40 days and 40 nights. NO FOOD, NO WATER. Hmm… so I wondered, how could one fast properly?
Many Christians like to fast but don’t know how. There are several methods mentioned in the Bible. We just need to study the principles. Remember, Fasting does not change God. It changes you. It’s a way of chastening yourself before God in all humility – Psalm 69:10
Today we would be looking at A Full Fast. This simply means, No food and no water. You will find four instances in the Bible where the saints of God went without any food or water.
💡 The prophet Moses fasted without food and water for 40 days (Ex. 24:18).
💡 The prophet Elijah fasted without food and water for 40 days (1 Kg. 19:8).
💡 Queen Esther fasted for 3 days without food and water (Est. 4:16).
💡 The Lord Jesus Christ Himself fasted without food and water for 40 days (Matt. 4:2).
Now let me warn you one thing here: According to medical science, the human body can go without food and water for a maximum of 3-7 days. Any period more than that you might run the risk of severe harm, even death. If that is true, how then did Moses, Elijah, and the Lord Jesus fast for 40 days without food and water?
Fasting is a way of seeking the face of God. It causes the soul to become humble before God – 2 chronicle 20:3-4 & Ezra 8:21
Herein is the mystery: when Moses fasted for 40 days, he did not fast voluntarily – Read the bible and ask yourself if Jesus fasted Voluntarily. It was the Lord who had called out to him, “Come and see me.” Moses headed up the mountain in obedience, and the glory of God engulfed him for 40 days and 40 nights. He saw God face to face. And God spoke with him. Moses didn’t realize he spent 40 days and 40 nights in that glory. When he came down the mountain, Joshua may have told him, You know, you were away for 40 days and 40 nights.
Elijah was feeling depressed and frightened because Queen Jezebel had wanted to kill him. After scoring a great victory over the prophets of Baal in the name of Jehovah God, he had to run for his dear life when news of the angry queen’s evil intentions reached his ears. Overcome by fatigue and hunger, he finally fell into a disquieting sleep. Then an angel came by, Elijah, get up! Eat this bun and drink this tea. Elijah complied immediately. This small and simple meal, as it turned out, was no ordinary food. It had come from heaven. It supernaturally strengthened him to walk for 40 days and 40 nights.
Queen Esther, on the other hand, fasted for 3 days and 3 nights when the fate of her people was hanging in the balance. This duration of fasting is quite common, and is safely practised by many believers. But the Lord Jesus, like Moses and Elijah, fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. That kind of protracted fasting has to be divinely commissioned and enabled.
When God calls you to a long fast, He will supernaturally take care of you. – Sadhu Sundar Selvaraj
A TRUE STORY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF PROPHET SADHU SUNDER SELVARAJ – AN INDIAN MINISTER OF GOD.
About 20 years ago, I was in a small village in South India. The Lord Jesus appeared to me one day and He told me, Fast for 7 days. Don’t eat any food. Don’t drink tea or coffee. Just only take one cup of milk a day. So I obeyed and did not eat any food except for one cup of milk in the evening. I was fasting and praying the whole day. Three days passed by like that. On the fourth day, as I was waiting on God, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in the Spirit. He came and sat beside me, and He began to talk to me. He asked me one question, Are you hungry? I said, Lord Jesus, I am not feeling hungry. How can I feel hungry when You are standing before me? Then the Lord Jesus said, I have brought food for you. When He spoke those words, a plate appeared in His hands. On the plate was delicious food. Like a gentle loving mother, the Lord Jesus proceeded to scoop up some rice and roll them into a ball with His hands. He looked at me, Eat this rice. I immediately responded, I cannot. I am fasting. How can I eat? The Lord Jesus smiled at me. Then he said, Eat this, putting the rice ball into my mouth. When I chewed on it, it felt like real food, though I knew it wasn’t real food. Bit by bit, in this manner, the Lord Jesus fed me all the food on the plate. Then He said, Now you sleep and take some rest. I will come and see you tomorrow. The next day, the same thing happened: the Lord Jesus again fed me with His own hands. But this time it was a different kind of food. This most touching display of motherly love continued on to the 6th day. I was being fed food by the Lord Jesus Himself (cp. Jn. 21:9-13). The food seemed like real food, but it was food that did not belong to this world. On the 7th day, a letter arrived from a family who were at their wits end: “We are tormented by devils for a long, long time. Please come to help us. If you don’t help us, our whole family will commit suicide”. As I was reading the letter, the Lord Jesus appeared before me: I told you to fast for 7 days so that you could go and fight with this devil. Now you go. I will give you the victory.
When you are engaged in a total fast, remember this: 3 days is normal for the human body. If you fast for more than 3 days, you put your life in danger. But if the Lord Jesus tells you, “My dear son, my dear daughter, fast for 7 days, fast for 14 days, fast for 21 days, fast for 40 days” – then you must obey Him. He will strengthen you, and you will not die, even if it is a complete fast.
This is the end of today’s blog post. A post is already scheduled to be updated Tommorow about PARTIAL FAST. Many of us practice this, but do we have the right mindset for it? – if you are viewing this on your browser, kindly scroll down to like my page on Facebook so you won’t miss futher updates. Thank you😀.
Almost every religion in the world fast. That means there is something significant about this act of self-denial.