Seth Buckner: Does anyone fast more? | Opinion
Mark 9:29 said, “And he (Jesus) said unto them, This species cannot come out of nothing, but by prayer and fasting. We understand the power of fasting, but when was the last time you heard of someone doing it? Jesus spoke these words to the disciples, who could not do the work they thought they could do.
A few years ago, this writer conducted a survey of his adult Bible class members in church. One of the questions was, “Have you ever fasted? Another question was, “If so, when was the last time you fasted?” Of dozens of responses, only two had ever fasted, and both had not done so in years. What is not happening spiritually in our lives?
Matthew 17:21 says, “However, this species only comes out through prayer and fasting. The word “fast” or “a fast” is tsom in Hebrew and nesteia in the Greek language. The Hebrew translation would be “not to eat”. The Greek interpretation is “no food”.
The importance of fasting cannot be overstated. It is the process of depriving yourself of something in order to reach the throne of God. Fasting is a way to show God how serious we are in our relationship with Him. These hunger pangs remind us why we sacrifice ourselves.
There are many ways to fast, but all of them have great potential to help you grow spiritually. Fasting and prayer can change your life for good. Jesus Himself spent many days fasting while in His earthly ministry. Fasting should glorify God and not oneself. It should never be an emotional experience for a selfish cause. God will honor the Christian who truly seeks him. Psalm 105: 4 says, “Seek the LORD and his strength; always seek his face. “